Onion Preps Timely Election Coverage—No, Really

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2008 2:39 PM CST
An Onion editorial meeting.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Onion, bucking a 20-year trend, plans to cover tomorrow's election results in something resembling real time, the AP reports. The "satirical newspaper of record" and its website have prepared articles and videos in advance, requiring long hours unfamiliar to its writers. “It has become sort of necessary for us to really do a little more coverage than we normally would,” says editor Joe Randazzo.

Regardless of who wins, the Onion is ready to let fly. "We get asked a lot if we secretly want Republicans to win since there's so much more material," says another staffer. "The thing is, we always say, we have to live in the country, too. And also, when stuff is really going bad, it's harder to make jokes."