The People’s Daily is not famous for satire, so presumably the Chinese Communist Party newspaper was serious when it picked up a story that Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, had been named “the sexiest man alive for 2012”. It also ran an online tribute, with 55 photographs, to the “Pyongyang-bred heartthrob”. The Daily solemnly credited the story to The Onion, the website that describes itself as “American’s Finest News Source” and has a sense of humour that might not go down too well in Pyongyang.
There’s a law about this isn’t there? That no satire won’t be taken seriously by someone?