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The Onion is a satirical American weekly news magazine, and its associated web site. Over the years, The Onion has expanded from a simple magazine to a massive company, running a website that beats most professional news organizations and running television skits where the production values rival those of CNN. Because the high quality of The Onion's appearance, it's little wonder that it sometimes gets mistaken for the real thing.
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In 2002, the Beijing Evening News ran a story in which the United States Congress threatened to leave Washington DC unless a new capitol building, complete with a retractable roof, was built. Their source was an Onion article written to parody the practice of some sports teams of leaving their home cities for ones with better facilities. The Beijing Evening News soon retracted the piece, but not before the author, who had picked up the piece wholesale off the internet without citing the source, vehemently defended the truth of the article in an interview with the LA Times, saying “How can you prove it’s not correct? Is it incorrect just because you say it is?”
The temptation to publish an article where the Speaker of the House for the decadent, immoral American government calls the Capitol a "drafty old building ... no longer suitable for a world-class legislative branch,” must have been overwhelming. We expect that one day soon, the Beijing Evening News will achieve the same level of fact-checking, accuracy, and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of the American media.
China is at it again! They recently congratulated Kim Jong Un on being named sexiest man alive by -guess who- The Onion 
 See also
- Stories from The Onion, as interpreted by Facebook. Prepare for facepalm.