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(Some Guy)   "As Todd Hanson, story editor for The Onion, puts it, 'Fake news is kind of becoming a thing now.'" It's not news here   (suburbanchicagonews.com) divider line 62
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2007-10-18 11:57:25 AM
dad?
 
2007-10-18 12:00:09 PM
No. The real story is trying to get all these homosexuals to quit sucking my cock.
 
2007-10-18 12:00:18 PM
It's no wonder that people are hot for fake news, when the real news is just tabloids and propaganda. How many mainstream news stories are just schilling for the gubment or the corporate masters, or pics & commentary on Brittney's cooze?

I wish someone would hire James Earl Jones to just read the world events of consequence off a teleprompter for 20 minutes each night. That I'd watch. No sports, no local color, no ice cream, no celebrity bs. They could call it "the news".
 
2007-10-18 12:00:19 PM
I see what you did there.
 
2007-10-18 12:00:55 PM
Hot Carl To Go: No. The real story is trying to get all these homosexuals to quit sucking my cock.


I thought the story was how to get you to stop offering it to them
 
2007-10-18 12:01:44 PM
I think fake news anchormen have more honest opinions than actual news people. Greta Van Something is the most annoying...
 
2007-10-18 12:02:17 PM
blog.reidreport.com

These guys have been doing it for years.
 
2007-10-18 12:03:44 PM
That explains why the Daily Show and Colbert Report are so popular.
 
2007-10-18 12:03:45 PM
The "fark Everything, We're Doing Five Blades" article was the most hilariously prophetic op-ed The Onion has ever done. They foretold Gillette's move a year and a half before they made it.

I always wonder how many millions of dollars they sunk into research, development, focus groups, marketing, designers, and razor architects to come up with something some satire writer probably thought up while making breakfast.
 
2007-10-18 12:04:05 PM
Ah, the Onion. I remember when it was funny!

/I'm old
 
2007-10-18 12:04:41 PM
As soon as I get these farking rubber bands off, you're gonna pay!


/actually my second-favourite: Hot Carl's pick beats them all though
 
2007-10-18 12:04:54 PM
I was going to go to that Onion Speaking thing at C.O.D. but forgot about it. Apparently the Naperville Sun didn't.

/No real point here.
 
2007-10-18 12:05:48 PM
nethole: Hot Carl To Go: No. The real story is trying to get all these homosexuals to quit sucking my cock.


I thought the story was how to get you to stop offering it to them


No, the story is how to get him to stop reciprocating.
 
2007-10-18 12:08:50 PM
Hot Carl To Go, have you tried dissuading them, say by wearing intimidating leather outfits studded with metal, or by shooting off in their hair and face?
 
2007-10-18 12:11:41 PM
I enjoy the idea that 'real' newspaper readers have to have The Onion explained to them. Some people will believe anything.

'Predicting the future' is a little far-fetched, don't you think?

BTW: owtytrof: HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.
 
2007-10-18 12:12:36 PM
Dr._Love: Hot Carl To Go, have you tried dissuading them, say by wearing intimidating leather outfits studded with metal, or by shooting off in their hair and face?

Why, yes, I have! Things could be worse, I suppose. It could be women trying to suck my cock, which would be adultery and would make me feel tremendously guilty.
 
2007-10-18 12:12:40 PM
I'm all for this suggestion;

You know how they put the feel-good "kitten up tree" story at the end of the news bulletin to make you feel a bit better? put a fake doomsday scenario of unimaginable horror at the beginning of the bulletin to make everything after that seem okay.

You wouldn't be worried about terrorism/global warming/bird flu/britney et al, you'd be worried about that asteroid the size of Madagascar due at your house in ten minutes.

After you realise it's fake, and you're mopping your brow in relief, you'll say to yourself "Wow, bird flu et cetera doesn't seem too bad anymore".
 
2007-10-18 12:15:04 PM
Fake news may be "a thing", but "The Onion" isn't funny.

It used to be funny. It stopped being funny about 2000 or so. It's not that the writing got worse, really, it's just that the joke is just old. When you read an article on "The Onion", you know where it's going. You know the style, and you anticipate the jokes. It's just boring.

Their "AV Club" section, however, is great. I don't even bother with the actual "The Onion" site anymore. I just go to avclub.com
 
2007-10-18 12:17:07 PM
Dr._Love: It's no wonder that people are hot for fake news, when the real news is just tabloids and propaganda...


I noticed this week that MSN often has a comments sections for which cars are the best or, like on its main page this morning, what people think of allowing middle-schoolers to have access to birth control. I never see this same feature when Bush imposes sanctions on Iran or when it relates to national or foreign policy.
 
2007-10-18 12:17:39 PM
mobombhead 2007-10-18 12:03:44 PM That explains why the Daily Show and Colbert Report are so popular.


No, it's called Satire. Real news + Jokes.
 
2007-10-18 12:19:41 PM
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2007-10-18 12:20:15 PM
realmolo: Fake news may be "a thing", but "The Onion" isn't funny.

It used to be funny. It stopped being funny about 2000 or so. It's not that the writing got worse, really, it's just that the joke is just old. When you read an article on "The Onion", you know where it's going. You know the style, and you anticipate the jokes. It's just boring.

Their "AV Club" section, however, is great. I don't even bother with the actual "The Onion" site anymore. I just go to avclub.com


It's only funny if you have a sense of humor.
 
2007-10-18 12:20:31 PM
 
2007-10-18 12:22:13 PM
Yes, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report make fun of what's happening, who's involved, and who's reporting this so-called "News" that we get here. I for one welcome our Comedic Overlords.

If you want information, watch the Beeb.
 
2007-10-18 12:22:33 PM
I didn't RTFA, but isn't this a little obvious? I mean hasn't The Daily Show been around for like 10+ years? I mean it got really popular more recently since Jon Stewart took over, but I guess the guy is proving his own point?
 
2007-10-18 12:23:35 PM
Ishkur: The "fark Everything, We're Doing Five Blades" article was the most hilariously prophetic op-ed The Onion has ever done. They foretold Gillette's move a year and a half before they made it.

I always wonder how many millions of dollars they sunk into research, development, focus groups, marketing, designers, and razor architects to come up with something some satire writer probably thought up while making breakfast.


That article was far too entertaining.
 
2007-10-18 12:25:14 PM
How does the Onion compare itself to the Daily Show or The Colbert Report? Whether or not you think the Onion is funny or not is beside the point.

The Onion = Completely Fake Totally Bullshiat News
The DS and CR = Factual News Reported Satirically

Sorry Mr. Todd Hanson, you seem to have an overinflated opinion of your importance.
 
2007-10-18 12:25:47 PM
I remember a story about a Beijing reporter getting fired in the 90's for covering an Onion story as fact. It was about congress taking bids to move the capitol, kind of like a sports team wanting another city to build a stadium for them.
It's partially because of the inexperience of low paid reporters, who don't know a fact from a farce. At least stockholders get more money. We get unchecked facts and rumors. Oh, in China back then, getting fired was a bullet to the head.
 
2007-10-18 12:26:39 PM
Hold on, let me see if I can find my canned Onion post...

be right back
 
2007-10-18 12:28:39 PM
Sorry Mr. Todd Hanson, you seem to have an overinflated opinion of your importance.

You seemed to miss his joke there.

/the name of the tour claims he's one of the two greatest journalists in the country.
/Yeah, he's serious
 
2007-10-18 12:31:23 PM
Ishkur : razor architects
HAH!
 
2007-10-18 12:32:21 PM
Hot Carl To Go: Dr._Love: Hot Carl To Go, have you tried dissuading them, say by wearing intimidating leather outfits studded with metal, or by shooting off in their hair and face?

Why, yes, I have! Things could be worse, I suppose. It could be women trying to suck my cock, which would be adultery and would make me feel tremendously guilty.


No need for guilt, my friend. It has been conclusively proven that a blowjob is not sex, and therefore would not be adultery.
 
2007-10-18 12:32:29 PM
realmolo: Fake news may be "a thing", but "The Onion" isn't funny.

It used to be funny. It stopped being funny about 2000 or so. It's not that the writing got worse, really, it's just that the joke is just old. When you read an article on "The Onion", you know where it's going. You know the style, and you anticipate the jokes. It's just boring.

Their "AV Club" section, however, is great. I don't even bother with the actual "The Onion" site anymore. I just go to avclub.com


This is so true. The Onion used to be funny back when I discovered it, but several years later after it became more popular it ceased to be funny.

Similarly, every band that I liked several years ago used to be good, until others liked it and then they sold out and became no good.
 
2007-10-18 12:35:13 PM
impaler: You seemed to miss his joke there.

Thanks for pointing that out for the people who didn't get it. Apparently hasn't occurred to them that the WHOLE SPEECH was probably an Onion op-ed...
 
2007-10-18 12:37:06 PM
Rapmaster2000 This is so true. The Onion used to be funny back when I discovered it, but several years later after it became more popular it ceased to be funny

The Onion was funny back in the 80s when I was the only one reading it. I was like, "Dudes! This shat is funny as hell! You guys should try to push it out to more people than just me." So they started distributing it in Madison - and that's where they lost their edge. They were still pretty cool though.

Then later, they totally sold out and went on the web. I was like "OMFG WTF? Your stories are so lame now because ten times as many people read them!" They didn't listen to me though, because they were totally not cool anymore. Losers. When everybody started reading it, it was too late - let me tell you, cause I know. It's funny listening to people think that they are cool because they read the Madison print version. LOL, that wasn't cool at all! Maybe 'cool' like listening to Vanilla Ice in 1991 'cool' WTF!!!

I think the reason I'm the only one that realizes this is because I'm generally so much cooler than everyone but whatever.
 
2007-10-18 12:40:19 PM
realmolo: Fake news may be "a thing", but "The Onion" isn't funny.

It used to be funny. It stopped being funny about 2000 or so. It's not that the writing got worse, really, it's just that the joke is just old. When you read an article on "The Onion", you know where it's going. You know the style, and you anticipate the jokes. It's just boring.

Their "AV Club" section, however, is great. I don't even bother with the actual "The Onion" site anymore. I just go to avclub.com


Did you see the Onion staff in "The Aristocrats" it was farking embarrassing, honestly, to have ever been an Onion fan when I saw it. Some of the greatest names in comedy then the movies screeches to a halt when a roomful of self-congratulating douchenozzles try to formulate a joke.
 
2007-10-18 12:42:58 PM
The Onion still has it, baby.
And their videos totally own Fark TV.
 
2007-10-18 12:43:22 PM
impaler: Rapmaster2000 This is so true. The Onion used to be funny back when I discovered it, but several years later after it became more popular it ceased to be funny

The Onion was funny back in the 80s when I was the only one reading it. I was like, "Dudes! This shat is funny as hell! You guys should try to push it out to more people than just me." So they started distributing it in Madison - and that's where they lost their edge. They were still pretty cool though.

Then later, they totally sold out and went on the web. I was like "OMFG WTF? Your stories are so lame now because ten times as many people read them!" They didn't listen to me though, because they were totally not cool anymore. Losers. When everybody started reading it, it was too late - let me tell you, cause I know. It's funny listening to people think that they are cool because they read the Madison print version. LOL, that wasn't cool at all! Maybe 'cool' like listening to Vanilla Ice in 1991 'cool' WTF!!!

I think the reason I'm the only one that realizes this is because I'm generally so much cooler than everyone but whatever.


Whatever. I totally heard of everything before you. Back in the day I was like "hey, we should write a constitution and like have a country" and you were all "the king totally rules, long live the colonies." You probably still read Vice magazine. Pfft.
 
2007-10-18 12:46:16 PM
Since the Onion moved, mostly they have been coasting on repeats of old bits, very little that's new. I'm saddened by this.

I remember they were among the first humorists to take on 9/11 and they did a good job.
 
2007-10-18 12:47:34 PM
Oh, and by the way, Ben Karlin, the executive producer and head writer of The Daily Show and the Colbert Report is a veteran of The Onion.

Link (new window)
 
2007-10-18 12:48:09 PM
Buddy System responsible for additional death.
 
2007-10-18 12:48:26 PM
Any Pie Left: Since the Onion moved, mostly they have been coasting on repeats of old bits, very little that's new. I'm saddened by this.

I remember they were among the first humorists to take on 9/11 and they did a good job.


I believe they did it the next issue immediately after 9/11, and it was awesome.
 
2007-10-18 12:49:44 PM
Whatever. I totally heard of everything before you. Back in the day I was like "hey, we should write a constitution and like have a country" and you were all "the king totally rules, long live the colonies." You probably still read Vice magazine. Pfft.

WTF ever! You probably thought the Magna Carta was fresh.
 
2007-10-18 12:50:18 PM
"Did you see the Onion staff in "The Aristocrats" it was farking embarrassing, honestly, to have ever been an Onion fan when I saw it. Some of the greatest names in comedy then the movies screeches to a halt when a roomful of self-congratulating douchenozzles try to formulate a joke."

You know as much as I liked the film, I have to agree with you here. I'd have said "I thought I was the only one" but I realize not everyone enjoys that type of movie. There does seem to be an invisible line, which the film brought to light (I think), that comedians have their own kind of language when they are trying to make each other laugh -- and that that sort of talk doesn't necessarily translate to comedy for the rest of the world.
 
2007-10-18 12:52:30 PM
ecx.images-amazon.com

Old School, yo.
 
2007-10-18 12:55:48 PM
the-meter-man: These guys have been doing it for years.

You stole my thunder. I can't find much difference between Brit Hume and the Onion other than one of them is trying to be taken seriously.
 
2007-10-18 12:59:20 PM
To find the true hilarity and genius that is The Onion, look no further than this (new window) beautiful piece
 
2007-10-18 12:59:26 PM
Makes me wonder - considering how there's always this survey done comparing how knowledgable the watchers of the main news channels are of current events, etc... I would love to see if they'll add watchers of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report to that comparison. The sad thing is - I really do think the 'fake news' fans of those two shows will do far better than MOST of the regular news-channel watchers.

Which I guess is a good thing. But its kind of scary, too.
 
2007-10-18 01:05:17 PM
Makes me wonder - considering how there's always this survey done comparing how knowledgable the watchers of the main news channels are of current events, etc... I would love to see if they'll add watchers of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report to that comparison. The sad thing is - I really do think the 'fake news' fans of those two shows will do far better than MOST of the regular news-channel watchers.


Link (new window)
 
2007-10-18 01:26:36 PM
impaler: Rapmaster2000 This is so true. The Onion used to be funny back when I discovered it, but several years later after it became more popular it ceased to be funny

The Onion was funny back in the 80s when I was the only one reading it. I was like, "Dudes! This shat is funny as hell! You guys should try to push it out to more people than just me." So they started distributing it in Madison - and that's where they lost their edge. They were still pretty cool though.

Then later, they totally sold out and went on the web. I was like "OMFG WTF? Your stories are so lame now because ten times as many people read them!" They didn't listen to me though, because they were totally not cool anymore. Losers. When everybody started reading it, it was too late - let me tell you, cause I know. It's funny listening to people think that they are cool because they read the Madison print version. LOL, that wasn't cool at all! Maybe 'cool' like listening to Vanilla Ice in 1991 'cool' WTF!!!

I think the reason I'm the only one that realizes this is because I'm generally so much cooler than everyone but whatever.


I think the term you guys are looking for is Art Fag Poseur.

Short Plane full of Very Special Forces
 
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