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Chinese Newspaper Fooled By Onion's 'Sexiest Man'

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Chinese Newspaper Fooled By Onion's 'Sexiest Man'

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Chinese Newspaper Fooled By Onion's 'Sexiest Man'

Chinese Newspaper Fooled By Onion's 'Sexiest Man'

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People who know The Onion is a satirical newspaper got the joke when it named North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this year's "Sexiest Man Alive." Editors at China's People's Daily newspaper did not. They picked up the story with a 55-page photo gallery of the pudgy young dictator and excerpts from the Onion's spoof — like, "This Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true."

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. We all know The Onion is a satirical newspaper, so we get the joke when it named North Korea's Kim Jong Un 2012's Sexiest Man Alive. Editors at China's People's Daily newspaper did not. They picked up the story with a 55-page photo gallery of the pudgy young dictator and excerpts from the Onion's spoof. Gems like: This Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true. It's MORNING EDITION.

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