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Chinese Newspaper Falls for Fake Story

By December 1, 2012

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The People's Daily, the website for China's Communist Party newspaper, got a bit over excited when it read in the American satirical newspaper The Onion that North Korea's Kim Jong Un had been named the Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.The People's Daily responded with a slideshow of 55 photos and congratulations to the North Korean leader, according to Yahoo's news blog The Lookout.

The slideshow featured pictures of the North Korean leader riding a horse, aiming a rifle, and posing with military leaders. This isn't the first time a newsroom has been confused in China. In October 2011 CCTV has several TV bloopers. during a href="http://chineseculture.about.com/b/2011/10/01/after-tv-blooper-china-celebrates-national-day.htm">CCTV's live coverage of China's first space lab launch, CCTV chose an American patriotic song, "America the Beautiful" to accompany the historic moment. Earlier that year, CCTV aired footage of video footage of the J-10 fighter that looked according to many Internet users looked suspiciously similar to part of the final fight scene from the 1980s movie classic Top Gun.

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