Xinhua falls for 'billionaire bought Washington Post by mistake' spoof
BEIJING (AFP) - China's official news agency Xinhua has reported as true a satirical story that Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post newspaper by accident.
The publication on Xinhua's website came days after it posted a photo gallery of images supposedly showing a woman being executed by lethal injection - which instead appeared to have come from a fetish site.
Mr Bezos' acquisition of the Washington institution for US$250 million (S$315 million) was announced earlier this week.
The original parody, entitled "Amazon Founder Says He Clicked on Washington Post By Mistake", was written by comedian Andy Borowitz for his satirical Borowitz Report column, published by The New Yorker magazine on its website.