Yesterday, the state-run People’s Daily Online ran the story Kim Jong-un Named The Onion’s Sexiest Man Alive For 2012, embellishing it with a 55-photo slideshow of the North Korean leader. The American parody paper later pointed readers to the People’s Daily pages, praising the “exemplary reportage” of their “Communist subsidiary.” Not surprisingly, the People’s Daily post has since been removed. (Korea Times also missed the humor and reported the Onion story as real news.) Weibo denizens didn’t miss a beat:
OnionWeekly: Late in the evening, we learned that the Onion and People’s Daily have conducted official communications, and People’s Daily has received high praise from the Onion. We are somewhat please to announce that The Onion Weekly and the People’s Daily represent the most authentic voice of China.
JusticeProtectorTyrael: You really don’t get it. The People’s Daily Online is also a parody site!
Keluoyidu: Ironically, People’s Daily Online just cannot fathom the existence of a fake news website on this earth. What is your State Administration of Radio, Film and Television doing?!
TeacherHeJiong: Certainly, this mistake was committed by some temporary worker at @PeoplesDaily. It has nothing to do with the “newspaper of truth” @PeoplesDaily.
何囧老湿：这一定是@人民日报 临时工干的，与真理报@人民日报 无关。
HeiQiQideQi: So, in the eyes of the People’s Daily, there can actually be “other media”?
SaltyRay: This because you are firewalled. You read English, but you are uncivilized. Man, that’s gotta hurt.
SaltyRay：让你防火墙 有英文没文化 内伤了吧
BetweenLight&Dark: You can see just how complacent the official Chinese media have become.
Durex_UnclePanda: I heard the editor of this article grew up on Party publications.
YouYe: Re @2Badger: This is a problem of values. When they see the American imperialists experiencing a catastrophe, they gloat. When they see something good happen to Little Brother, they can’t send their congratulations
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