(Image source: People’s Daily)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

There are several blogs dedicated to Facebook users taking the satirical — and often outright ridiculous — Onion website as cold hard fact. But when one of the world’s largest newspapers does it … it’s something truly special.

 

The People’s Daily in China reaches an estimated 3 million people — and on Tuesday, its readers saw this on its homepage — American newspaper names North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un the Sexiest Man Alive.

 

Which is a very literal take on a purely humorous article published by The Onion on Nov. 14.

 

The People’s Daily pulled this passage from the satirical Onion article:


"With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true.”

 

They also put together a truly excessive 55-photo slideshow to accompany the story of Kim Jong Un riding a horse, joking with generals and really just partaking in your typical authoritarian antics.

 

Somewhat reminiscent of the swashbuckling Vladimir Putin photos that have made the rounds on the Internet.

 

Although the People’s Daily failed to note that the Onion article is meant for laughs only, it does fit nicely into the Chinese paper’s agenda.

 

TIME magazine explains:

 

“The website … regularly features positive reports on its even more authoritarian neighbor, North Korea … This time, however, People’s Daily editors may have been a bit too eager to please.”

 

A similar situation popped up a few months ago, when Iran’s state run news agency picked up a fictitious Onion poll showing more rural Americans favoring Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Barack Obama.

 

No one can say The Onion doesn’t know how to keep a straight face. It took the People’s Daily’s confusion and ran with it, providing this update on theonion.com.

 

“For more coverage … please visit our friends at the People's Daily in China, a proud Communist subsidiary of The Onion, Inc. Exemplary reportage, comrades.”

Chinese Paper Duped by Onion: Kim Jong Un as ‘Sexiest Man'

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Nov 27, 2012

Chinese Paper Duped by Onion: Kim Jong Un as ‘Sexiest Man'

(Image source: People’s Daily)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

There are several blogs dedicated to Facebook users taking the satirical — and often outright ridiculous — Onion website as cold hard fact. But when one of the world’s largest newspapers does it … it’s something truly special.

 

The People’s Daily in China reaches an estimated 3 million people — and on Tuesday, its readers saw this on its homepage — American newspaper names North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un the Sexiest Man Alive.

 

Which is a very literal take on a purely humorous article published by The Onion on Nov. 14.

 

The People’s Daily pulled this passage from the satirical Onion article:


"With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true.”

 

They also put together a truly excessive 55-photo slideshow to accompany the story of Kim Jong Un riding a horse, joking with generals and really just partaking in your typical authoritarian antics.

 

Somewhat reminiscent of the swashbuckling Vladimir Putin photos that have made the rounds on the Internet.

 

Although the People’s Daily failed to note that the Onion article is meant for laughs only, it does fit nicely into the Chinese paper’s agenda.

 

TIME magazine explains:

 

“The website … regularly features positive reports on its even more authoritarian neighbor, North Korea … This time, however, People’s Daily editors may have been a bit too eager to please.”

 

A similar situation popped up a few months ago, when Iran’s state run news agency picked up a fictitious Onion poll showing more rural Americans favoring Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Barack Obama.

 

No one can say The Onion doesn’t know how to keep a straight face. It took the People’s Daily’s confusion and ran with it, providing this update on theonion.com.

 

“For more coverage … please visit our friends at the People's Daily in China, a proud Communist subsidiary of The Onion, Inc. Exemplary reportage, comrades.”

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