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News sites in N. Korea, China run with 'Kim Jong Un named sexiest man alive' story from The Onion

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By Doug Powers  •  November 27, 2012 01:00 PM

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China’s state-controlled media — the go-to news source for Joe Biden and Stephanie Cutter — is reporting as fact a story from The Onion announcing that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has been named this year’s “Sexiest Man Alive”:

The People’s Daily on Tuesday ran a 55-page photo spread on its website in a tribute to the round-faced leader, under the headline “North Korea’s top leader named The Onion’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.”

Quoting The Onion’s spoof report, the Chinese newspaper wrote, `’With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman’s dream come true.”

“Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper’s editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile,” the People’s Daily cited The Onion as saying.

People’s Daily published the story accompanied by a fairly comprehensive photo spread of Kim Jong Un just to add a real-life exlamation mark to The Onion’s satire.

The online Korea Times is also running the story.

Sources tell me Kim Jong Un is in Pyongyang and is expecting a letter of congratulations from Jimmy Carter within the hour.

Update: North Korea to celebrate the honor with another Wile E. Coyote-eque missile launch?

(h/t Twitchy)

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