From late last year:
The online version of China's Communist party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as the sexiest man alive – not realising it is satire...
... It is not the first time a state-run Chinese newspaper has fallen for a fictional report by The Onion. In 2002, the Beijing Evening News, one of the capital city's biggest tabloids at the time, published as news the fictional account that the US Congress wanted a new building and that it might leave Washington. The Onion article was a deadpan spoof of the way sports teams threaten to leave cities in order to get new stadiums.
And here’s today’s doofus. Those Komedy Kommunists just don’t get the freewheeling word of internet satire, unlike the US Senate Minority Leader. But at least there's a bright line here. The first sucker was some random People's Daily functionary, and the second is someone who has real influence over the policy of the world's ranking superpower.