The Onion punks Bangladesh:
Two Bangladeshi newspapers have apologised after publishing an article taken from a satirical US website which claimed the Moon landings were faked.
The Daily Manab Zamin said US astronaut Neil Armstrong had shocked a news conference by saying he now knew it had been an "elaborate hoax".
Neither they nor the New Nation, which later picked up the story, realised the Onion was not a genuine news site.Entertainingly, the associate editor of the Nation chose to explain his error in the following way:
"We thought it was true so we printed it without checking"Fair enough. However, given that the editors thought the Onion News Network was for real, I cannot understand why they chose not to republish the feature about Jesus's recent conversion to Islam, or the one about Obama's placenta. Even Pope Benedict's efforts to evade fatherhood by belatedly legalizing abortion would have raised a few eyebrows in Bangladesh. So why pick the least sensational of the lot?