The Onion

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Univision Buys Controlling Stake in ... the Onion?

According to NPR report, satirical site fits in with company's millennial vision

(Newser) - "Area Satiric Publication The Onion Sold to Univision" sounds like the start of a jokey headline you'd read in—well, the Onion. But in this case, NPR is adding a (Seriously) to the end of that, indicating this is apparently no joke. Reporter David Folkenflik, citing two sources... More »

Ex-FIFA VP's Defense Strategy: Cite the Onion

Calls satirical article proof of US conspiracy

(Newser) - When defending yourself against allegations of corruption, it's best to have your facts straight. Unfortunately for Jack Warner, former vice president of FIFA and member of Parliament in Trinidad, that means avoiding what CNN calls a "spectacular public relations own-goal": gathering evidence from satirical paper the Onion. The... More »

How the Internet Ruined the Onion

Farhad Manjoo isn't a fan of the site's new arch, digital-first, viral model

(Newser) - Once upon a time, an entire year ago, the Onion was a quaint, weekly newspaper, publishing only the very best fake news. Lately, that's all changed. Readers may have noticed the site getting a lot more biting, a lot more timely, and, to some Slate columnists , a lot less... More »

Syria's Internet Goes Dark

Online traffic disappears, with no official explanation

(Newser) - A major Internet security firm issued this ominous-sounding assessment today: "On closer inspection it seems Syria has largely disappeared from the internet." That's from Dan Hubbard at Umbrella Security Labs , and other monitoring companies have similarly reported that web traffic in the country has disappeared, notes the... More »

No Laughs Over Onion's Super Nasty Oscar Tweet

Satirical newspaper in hot water after calling Quvenzhane Wallis the c-word

(Newser) - Pro tip for the Onion: When your joke involves the c-word, it shouldn't also involve a 9-year-old girl. The satirical newspaper is in hot water for one of its Oscar tweets posted last night involving Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis. The Huffington Post has a screenshot: "Everyone else... More »

China Paper Falls for Onion's Sexiest Man: Kim Jong Un

'People's Daily' congratulates North Korean for 'sexiest man alive' honors

(Newser) - Forget Justin Timberlake: Kim Jong Un just brought sexy back. The Onion named the North Korean leader "Sexiest Man Alive" earlier this month , and the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party totally bought it. People's Daily reported the happy news today, and ran a 55-picture gallery to... More »

Iranian News Agency Duped by Onion Story

It said rural whites prefer Ahmadinejad over Obama

(Newser) - When we saw this post from Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency, we were pretty confused. Gallup, the propaganda outlet reported, had released a poll showing that rural whites preferred Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Barack Obama—in part because "they at least respected that Ahmadinejad doesn't try to hide... More »

GOP Rep Fooled by Onion's 'Abortionplex' Story

Rep. John Fleming outraged over fake Planned Parenthood facility

(Newser) - The Abortionplex, a fake business dreamed up by the Onion , has fooled quite a few naïve souls who were simply outraged when they read about it. Now you can add a Louisiana congressman to the list of people who, somehow, failed to figure out that the Abortionplex is a... More »

Fake Onion Tweets Prompt Scare at US Capitol

They report 'screams and gunfire'

(Newser) - The Onion seems to have registered a rare misfire in the joke department. It set off a scare at the US Capitol this morning with a fake tweet reading, “BREAKING: Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol building," reports the Washington Post . A few others in a... More »

Onion Embarks on Quest to Snag Itself a Pulitzer

Push for respectability comes with publication's 1,000th issue

(Newser) - With its 1,000th issue (more or less) coming out this week, the Onion isn't just content to be America's top satirical newspaper: It wants a Pulitzer. It's not fussy at all about which Pulitzer—editors have submitted articles to the Pulitzer Board in categories like commentary... More »

Blog Tracks Down Real, Onion-Worthy Headlines

Example: 'God Caught Backing Multiple Candidates'

(Newser) - First came Literally Unbelievable , the blog devoted to people who mistakenly believe that Onion stories are actually true. So it was only a matter of time before Onion-Like popped up. The still-pretty-new blog is devoted to news headlines that are attached to true stories (really!) but sound tailor-made for... More »

Onion's 'Abortionplex' Gets Yelp Page

It's 'fun fun fun,' users rave

(Newser) - The Abortionplex started out as a whopper of an Onion tale , but took on a life of its own when a few Facebook users, believing it was true, got hilariously angry about it . Now it has spawned a Yelp page, complete with a 3.5-star rating based on more than... More »

These Facebook Users Think Onion Stories Are Real

'Literally Unbelievable' blog delights in people who think the 'news' is legit

(Newser) - The Onion bills itself as "America's Finest News Source," and lots of Facebook users agree. But we're referring here to those who don't quite get the whole satire thing: The Literally Unbelievable blog is devoted to people who take Onion stories as gospel (Planned... More »

Onion Dupes New York Times

Apparently Times ' editors don't read the teen-girl tabloid

(Newser) - Remember the time Barack Obama graced the cover of Tiger Beat magazine accompanied by the news that he had won the "slumber party" vote? Oh, wait a minute, that was a "news" story published by the Onion . Apparently, someone forgot to tell the New York Times, which included... More »

'Gray Lady' Profiles Onion, Blogosphere Points, Laughs

Bloggers poke fun of 'NYT' article about Joe Biden parodies

(Newser) - The Onion likes writing parodies about Joe Biden, Biden reportedly likes reading them, and the New York Times takes note of it all with a story today headlined "The Onion Strikes Comic Gold With Biden Spoofs" that you can read here . Or you can read the bewildered reaction from... More »

Comedy Central Picks Up Onion Sports Network

10-episode test run will begin next year

(Newser) - The Onion will soon be making fun of the world of sports on cable TV. Comedy Central will run a 10-episode batch of shows beginning early next year from the Onion Sports Network, reports Mashable . Athletes, nutso fans, and sportscasters are sure to be fair game. "If I were... More »

The Decade's Best Quotes

(Newser) - With the end of the decade near, Newsweek has rounded up the top 10 most important quotes from 2000 to 2009. A selection:
  • "Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job": President George W. Bush, Sept. 2, 2005. In one line to then-FEMA director Michael Brown, Bush summed
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How the Onion Writes Headlines

New book Our Front Pages explores the evolution

(Newser) - The Onion's writers have a backward way of generating stories: They come up with the headlines first. The staff devotes the first two days of each week to rejecting headlines like “Quick and Painless Overthrow of Taliban Enters Eighth Year” in favor of “US Continues Quagmire-Building Effort in... More »

Onion Peels Into Greeting Card Business

Yesterday's fake headlines become today's salutations

(Newser) - Real newspapers take note: The Onion has found a way to squeeze some money out of its back issues. A new line of greeting cards based on its parody articles has hit Target, giving Americans the perfect way to convey sentiments like "Search for Self Called Off After 38... More »

Oops: Onion Dupes Bangladeshi Papers on Fake Moon Landing

(Newser) - Satire just doesn't translate well. Two Bangladeshi newspapers have apologized to readers after breathlessly reporting a US scoop: Neil Armstrong thinks the moon landing was a hoax! Problem is, the story appeared in the Onion. "We've since learned that the fun site runs false and juicy reports based on... More »

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