Archive for November 27th, 2012

Who’s Spoofing Whom?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Associated Press gleefully wrote that a spoof by The Onion (a satirical on-line paper) naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the “Sexiest Man Alive” – was taken seriously by China.

Quoting the Onion’s spoof report, a Chinese newspaper wrote: “”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.”

“Kim made our editors swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile,” the People’s Daily cited the Onion as saying.

AP thought it hilarious that China would seriously believe the Onion’s spoof.  I don’t believe the Chinese really did – especially since they’ve been the “victim” of Onion spoofs for years.  Does anyone believe China is that ignorant of the American media?

I’ll bet the Chinese paper’s editorial board sat around and said something like, “This is probably the Americans just mocking Kim Jong Un – but so what?  Let’s run the article ‘as is’ and see if they think we’re dumb enough NOT to know it’s a spoof.  Our readers won’t know the difference.  And beside, he IS a little cute…….”

So AP,  just because the Chinese printed the story straight, doesn’t mean they believed it.  You know, kind of like the hundreds of press releases you print every week.