Onion to Slice SF, LA Editions: Source

By Erika Solomon,  Newser User
Posted May 5, 2009 11:00 AM CDT
The Onion, which won a Peabody award this year for its mock news, was established in 1988 by two University of Wisconsin juniors.   (©misterbisson)
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(Newser) – Not even satirical daily paper the Onion can escape the woes of the print industry—it's shutting down its San Francisco and Los Angeles editions tomorrow, a source tells Gawker’s Ryan Tate. The Onion launched the editions in 2005 and 2006, respectively, well into the newspaper crisis, notes Tate, banking on the fact that it could ride out the storm by luring advertisers with its attractively young readership.

Midwestern editions such as Denver, Milwaukee, and Chicago, are reportedly doing better, but Tate fears the worst for mock news junkies: "If the whole enterprise were to ever go under, who would feed staff to the Daily Show? The whole fake news talent pipeline would be horribly broken."