You are currently viewing the printable version of this article, to return to the normal page, please click here.

China’s party paper falls for Onion joke about Kim

  • In this Wednesday, July 25, 2012, photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol-ju, waves to the crowd as they inspect the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)In this Wednesday, July 25, 2012, photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol-ju, waves to the crowd as they inspect the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
  • A cutout of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is displayed during a protest denouncing North Korea for trying to intervene in the upcoming South Korean presidential election scheduled for Dec. 20, in Seoul on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. The cutout reads "Novice." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)A cutout of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is displayed during a protest denouncing North Korea for trying to intervene in the upcoming South Korean presidential election scheduled for Dec. 20, in Seoul on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. The cutout reads "Novice." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
  • A South Korean protester hangs an effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un near the North's mock missiles in Seoul on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, during an anti-North Korea rally denouncing the North's plan to launch a long-range rocket. North Korea vowed Sunday to go ahead with plans to launch the rocket, rejecting criticism in the West that it would scuttle recent diplomacy. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)A South Korean protester hangs an effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un near the North's mock missiles in Seoul on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, during an anti-North Korea rally denouncing the North's plan to launch a long-range rocket. North Korea vowed Sunday to go ahead with plans to launch the rocket, rejecting criticism in the West that it would scuttle recent diplomacy. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
  • In this Sunday, April 15, 2012, photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed by the Korea News Service on April 16, 2012, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un acknowledges cheers during a mass military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung Square to celebrate the centenary of the birth of his grandfather, national founder Kim Il-sung, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)In this Sunday, April 15, 2012, photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed by the Korea News Service on April 16, 2012, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un acknowledges cheers during a mass military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung Square to celebrate the centenary of the birth of his grandfather, national founder Kim Il-sung, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
  • Protesters set fire to effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean activist No Su-hui during a rally denouncing Mr. No near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, South Korea, on Thursday, July 5, 2012.  South Korean police arrested Mr. No for making an extended trip to Pyongyang without government approval. (AP Photo/Hye Soo Nah)Protesters set fire to effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean activist No Su-hui during a rally denouncing Mr. No near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, South Korea, on Thursday, July 5, 2012. South Korean police arrested Mr. No for making an extended trip to Pyongyang without government approval. (AP Photo/Hye Soo Nah)
  • This undated official portrait released on Thursday, April 12, 2012, by the Korean Central News Agency via the Korea News Service shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. KCNA said the image was published in the Worker's Party newspaper and was the first time an image of Kim Jong-un wearing a suit has been shown to the public. Mr. Kim was named first secretary of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, a newly created post, at Wednesday's Workers' Party Conference. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) This undated official portrait released on Thursday, April 12, 2012, by the Korean Central News Agency via the Korea News Service shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. KCNA said the image was published in the Worker's Party newspaper and was the first time an image of Kim Jong-un wearing a suit has been shown to the public. Mr. Kim was named first secretary of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, a newly created post, at Wednesday's Workers' Party Conference. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
  • North Korea's new commander in chief, Kim Jong-un, waves as he walks ahead of Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, after attending a concert to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. North Korea is armed with "powerful modern weapons" capable of defeating the United States, a top military chief in Pyongyang said Wednesday, a claim that matches the country's regular rhetoric but is questioned by experts. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)North Korea's new commander in chief, Kim Jong-un, waves as he walks ahead of Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, after attending a concert to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. North Korea is armed with "powerful modern weapons" capable of defeating the United States, a top military chief in Pyongyang said Wednesday, a claim that matches the country's regular rhetoric but is questioned by experts. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
  • In this photo taken on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, and released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service on Friday, July 27, 2012, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (at right in the middle) reacts during a ride on an amusement-park attraction as he attends the completion ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) In this photo taken on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, and released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service on Friday, July 27, 2012, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (at right in the middle) reacts during a ride on an amusement-park attraction as he attends the completion ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
  • In this undated photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service on Thursday, July 26, 2012, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (center) reacts on a ride as he attends the completion ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) In this undated photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service on Thursday, July 26, 2012, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (center) reacts on a ride as he attends the completion ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
  • A South Korean protester aims a toy gun at an effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that is set on a mock North Korean missile during an anti-North Korea rally denouncing the North's plan to launch a long-range rocket, in Seoul on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. North Korea vowed Sunday to go ahead with plans to launch the rocket, rejecting criticism in the West that it would scuttle recent diplomacy. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)A South Korean protester aims a toy gun at an effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that is set on a mock North Korean missile during an anti-North Korea rally denouncing the North's plan to launch a long-range rocket, in Seoul on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. North Korea vowed Sunday to go ahead with plans to launch the rocket, rejecting criticism in the West that it would scuttle recent diplomacy. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
  • In this Wednesday, July 25, 2012, photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service on Thursday, July 26, 2012, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (foreground right), accompanied by his wife, Ri Sol-ju (foreground left), waves as they attend the completion ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) In this Wednesday, July 25, 2012, photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service on Thursday, July 26, 2012, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (foreground right), accompanied by his wife, Ri Sol-ju (foreground left), waves as they attend the completion ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

BEIJING (AP) — The online version of China's Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the "Sexiest Man Alive" — not realizing it is satire.

The People's Daily on Tuesday ran a 55-page photo spread on its website in a tribute to the round-faced leader, under the headline "North Korea's top leader named The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012."

Quoting the Onion's spoof report, the 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."

"Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper's editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile," the People's Daily cited The Onion as saying.

The photos the People's Daily selected include Kim on horseback squinting into the light and Kim waving toward a military parade. In other photos, he is wearing sunglasses and smiling, or touring a facility with his wife.

People's Daily could not immediately be reached for comment. A man who answered the phone at the newspaper's duty office said he did not know anything about the report and requested queries be directed to their newsroom on Wednesday morning.

It is not the first time a state-run Chinese newspaper has fallen for a fictional report by The Onion.

In 2002, the Beijing Evening News, one of the capital city's biggest tabloids at the time, published as news the fictional account that the U.S. Congress wanted a new building and that it might leave Washington. The Onion article was a deadpan spoof of the way sports teams threaten to leave cities in order to get new stadiums.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks