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Elise Moreau

Chinese Newspaper Quotes Story from The Onion, Doesn't Realize It's a Satire

By November 27, 2012

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If you were feeling a little bit embarrassed about falling for that faux copyright notice on Facebook, which went viral this past week, here's a little something to help cheer you up.

Those who are relatively familiar with The Onion are probably aware that the site reports satirical news. Unfortunately, not everyone can take a hint. The writers and editors of China's Communist Party newspaper seemed to have no idea that the The Onion is actually a joke site, causing them to totally fall for the Kim Jong-Un Named Sexiest Man Alive article posted a couple of weeks ago.

The Chinese paper, People's Daily, decided to congratulate North Korea's supreme leader on his obviously fake accomplishment by publishing a slideshow featuring 55 pages of Kim Jong Un photos -- quoting The Onion for his "devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame."

Oops. Remember to check your facts before you recycle information, folks. Just because it's on the Internet doesn't mean it's true, even if the source seems pretty legit. A similar incident happened yesterday when PRWeb ended up distributing a false press release about Google acquiring ICOA for $400 million, causing every significant tech / business / news site to mistakenly report the misleading story.

The People's Daily slideshow is still live online. I have no idea why it's still up, but feel free to go have a look before it's taken down.

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