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(The Onion)   This is a tragedy. Does it really matter just how many are dead or what any of the details are? --NY Post editor   (theonion.com) divider line 127
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2013-04-17 12:08:52 AM
This is barely satire.
 
2013-04-17 12:12:01 AM

RexTalionis: This is barely satire.



You must be new to the Onion.
 
2013-04-17 12:12:43 AM

RexTalionis: This is barely satire.


Then it's good satire.
 
2013-04-17 12:13:03 AM
while they were the worst, they were hardly the only news organization with fact checking slackedness during the early hours.
 
2013-04-17 12:13:33 AM
Did the Onion just cross into Poe territory?
 
2013-04-17 12:13:41 AM
I understand the snark, & context, of the Onion piece.  The Post stuck with the story about the Saudi student being a suspect, and that there were 12 dead, until the bitter end.  The burned Saudi student in the hospital was later termed a "witness" rather than a "suspect."  The death toll remains at 3.
 
2013-04-17 12:13:51 AM
What's the rule where you try too hard and end up being a troll??!

Can't think of it right now.
 
2013-04-17 12:14:01 AM
I hate The Onion. If I want to read fake news, I'll read the NY Post or Fox News.
 
2013-04-17 12:14:09 AM
Read The Onion before 90% on here have and I agree.... barely satire
 
2013-04-17 12:14:28 AM

MidnightSnacks: Did the Onion just cross into Poe territory?


Thank you!!!!

/fark does not fail
 
2013-04-17 12:15:32 AM

Tigger: RexTalionis: This is barely satire.

Then it's good satire.


Indeed.  One of their finest pieces lately, I'd say.
 
2013-04-17 12:16:38 AM
How could you even think about accurately reporting a tragedy at a time like this?

Lulz.
 
2013-04-17 12:17:51 AM
Man, the Onion really does nail that knife-edge.
 
2013-04-17 12:18:59 AM
Lol perfection
 
2013-04-17 12:20:27 AM

MidnightSnacks: Did the Onion just cross into Poe territory?


Baltimore?
 
2013-04-17 12:21:29 AM
I agree. This is not the time to debate the legality and regulation of bombs.
 
2013-04-17 12:22:16 AM
I would estimate that around 2/3 of the time, the Onion completely fails to be funny due to the high quality of their satire. The other 1/3, they accidentally predict the future.
 
2013-04-17 12:23:47 AM
All I cared about in the moment was giving our readers a vague, erroneous conception of what was happening on the ground while also beating our competitors to the punch with a more sensationalistic story.

Thanks ObamaCare?
 
2013-04-17 12:23:48 AM
The Onion should do an in-depth investigation into the last time it was actually funny.

Never understood how it's lasted.
 
2013-04-17 12:29:56 AM
Ouch. That had to hurt.
 
2013-04-17 12:32:09 AM
Wait.

You mean that LA Times headline last night, telling me that all of America now has a shattered sense of security, even though we have no idea who made and planted these bombs for what reason, and most of us live thousands of miles away from there, was just sensationalism?
 
2013-04-17 12:32:37 AM

katerbug72: I hate The Onion. If I want to read fake news, I'll read the NY Post or Fox News.


s1.postimg.org
 
2013-04-17 12:32:45 AM

luxup: The Onion should do an in-depth investigation into the last time it was actually funny.

Never understood how it's lasted.


Stick with Cracked, then. Seems to be more your speed.
 
2013-04-17 12:34:54 AM
The only time I find The Onion funny is from screenshots on Facebook of people WHARRGARBL'ing over its satire.
 
2013-04-17 12:36:04 AM

Speaker2Animals: luxup: The Onion should do an in-depth investigation into the last time it was actually funny.

Never understood how it's lasted.

Stick with Cracked, then. Seems to be more your speed.


Ouch.  Cracked isn't that bad.

//I like both.
 
2013-04-17 12:37:48 AM

luxup: The Onion should do an in-depth investigation into the last time it was actually funny.

Never understood how it's lasted.


It has its moments. Its like SNL, funny <90% of the time. Everything else is crap and a fat guy.
 
2013-04-17 12:38:06 AM

kendelrio: What's the rule where you try too hard and end up being a troll??!

Can't think of it right now.


The kendelrio rule?
 
2013-04-17 12:40:02 AM

IntertubeUser: Speaker2Animals: luxup: The Onion should do an in-depth investigation into the last time it was actually funny.

Never understood how it's lasted.

Stick with Cracked, then. Seems to be more your speed.

Ouch.  Cracked isn't that bad.

//I like both.


I like Cracked! I liked it when it was a real magazine. Better than MAD!
 
2013-04-17 12:40:22 AM
I was recounting to some whippersnappers last night about how Walter Cronkite and CBS would have handled this story if it had happened in 1970 or so:

"Today in Boston, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring dozens. [film rolls from helicopter flyover] A third bomb was found and safely detonated by explosives experts. There are currently no suspects and no group has claimed responsibility for the bombings. Authorities from several local, state, and federal agencies are investigating.

"In Phnom Penh today....."
 
2013-04-17 12:43:51 AM
I'm sure they'll take this opportunity to reflect on past mistakes, learn from them and come out a stronger, better news organization in the future.
 
2013-04-17 12:44:44 AM

Lenny_da_Hog: I was recounting to some whippersnappers last night about how Walter Cronkite and CBS would have handled this story if it had happened in 1970 or so:

"Today in Boston, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring dozens. [film rolls from helicopter flyover] A third bomb was found and safely detonated by explosives experts. There are currently no suspects and no group has claimed responsibility for the bombings. Authorities from several local, state, and federal agencies are investigating.

"In Phnom Penh today....."


Were there a lot of bombs in Boston back then? I wasn't around until the mid-80s.
 
2013-04-17 12:45:06 AM
I have to agree. The nation is gripped by tragedy and it seems disrespectful to the dead and wounded when pundits demand factual accuracy in reporting. Its enough to know something big is happening and someone has been apprehended. Facts can wait until emotion dies down.
 
2013-04-17 12:45:37 AM
Hey comon guys, the movie was pretty good
 
2013-04-17 12:46:22 AM

Buggar: I'm sure they'll take this opportunity to reflect on past mistakes, learn from them and come out a stronger, better news organization in the future.


Thanks to behavioral tracking cookies and social network data-miners, they had that information in real-time.
 
2013-04-17 12:47:05 AM

ransack.: Lenny_da_Hog: I was recounting to some whippersnappers last night about how Walter Cronkite and CBS would have handled this story if it had happened in 1970 or so:

"Today in Boston, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring dozens. [film rolls from helicopter flyover] A third bomb was found and safely detonated by explosives experts. There are currently no suspects and no group has claimed responsibility for the bombings. Authorities from several local, state, and federal agencies are investigating.

"In Phnom Penh today....."

Were there a lot of bombs in Boston back then? I wasn't around until the mid-80s.


Sorry, I forgot the word "if" was outlawed in 82.
 
2013-04-17 12:48:36 AM

katerbug72: I hate The Onion. If I want to read fake news, I'll read the NY Post or Fox News.


I'll give Fox News this. They weren't anywhere near as bad as CNN in jumping the gun on bad reports yesterday. They suck on opinion most of the time but when it comes down to actual hard news that's breaking they usually seem to get it right the first time. The problem is that on slow news days they mask opinion as news a lot of the time and there are plenty of people out there that can't seem to make the distinction. They usually try and make it very clear in situations like yesterday on which items are unconfirmed reports and what is solid and verified information.
 
2013-04-17 12:48:37 AM

ransack.: Lenny_da_Hog: I was recounting to some whippersnappers last night about how Walter Cronkite and CBS would have handled this story if it had happened in 1970 or so:

"Today in Boston, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring dozens. [film rolls from helicopter flyover] A third bomb was found and safely detonated by explosives experts. There are currently no suspects and no group has claimed responsibility for the bombings. Authorities from several local, state, and federal agencies are investigating.

"In Phnom Penh today....."

Were there a lot of bombs in Boston back then? I wasn't around until the mid-80s.


No. News outlets back then just didn't insist on treating the news, and especially tragedies, as entertainment.
 
2013-04-17 12:49:12 AM
Clearly, what we need is more reporting about the quality of the reporting of how the media reported events in the wake of the initial reporting.
 
2013-04-17 12:49:27 AM
Yeah well it wasn't nearly as bad as CNN today when they hired that kid to say "BOOM goes the dynamite" over & over again during their looping montage of explosion videos.
 
2013-04-17 12:51:53 AM

Radioactive Ass: I'll give Fox News this. They weren't anywhere near as bad as CNN in jumping the gun on bad reports yesterday.


I'm not sure about Fox News but it's sister publication NY Post seemed hellbent to pin this attack on Muslims.
 
2013-04-17 12:52:27 AM

I sound fat: while they were the worst, they were hardly the only news organization with fact checking slackedness during the early hours.


There's weak fact-checking during an evolving crisis....and then there's "Quick! Make up some numbers and throw in a few ethnic stereotypes! Great, post it!"
 
2013-04-17 12:53:44 AM

Mattyb710: No. News outlets back then just didn't insist on treating the news, and especially tragedies, as entertainment.


That's because back then there were no 24 hour news networks with a lot of empty airtime to fill. They had 1/2 hour to tell the stories of the day and they didn't analyze it. If you wanted analysis you either waited for Sunday morning (or evening if 60 Minutes was doing something on it) or you read the newspaper the next day.
 
2013-04-17 12:54:40 AM
When the going gets tough, count on the Onion to go after the low-hanging fruit.
 
2013-04-17 12:57:01 AM
Get the widow on the set. We need dirty laundry.
 
2013-04-17 12:57:18 AM

Radioactive Ass: Mattyb710: No. News outlets back then just didn't insist on treating the news, and especially tragedies, as entertainment.

That's because back then there were no 24 hour news networks with a lot of empty airtime to fill. They had 1/2 hour to tell the stories of the day and they didn't analyze it. If you wanted analysis you either waited for Sunday morning (or evening if 60 Minutes was doing something on it) or you read the newspaper the next day.


Also, there were three major news networks, and two major news wire services. If one became sensationalistic, their standards would be criticized loudly, and it stood out and they'd lose precious ratings. Now, with dozens of TV news sources and hundreds of web-based news sources, the focus is on keeping people engaged by turning everything into a drama, and there's nobody loud enough to criticize anymore.
 
2013-04-17 12:59:05 AM

Radioactive Ass: katerbug72: I hate The Onion. If I want to read fake news, I'll read the NY Post or Fox News.

I'll give Fox News this. They weren't anywhere near as bad as CNN in jumping the gun on bad reports yesterday. They suck on opinion most of the time but when it comes down to actual hard news that's breaking they usually seem to get it right the first time. The problem is that on slow news days they mask opinion as news a lot of the time and there are plenty of people out there that can't seem to make the distinction. They usually try and make it very clear in situations like yesterday on which items are unconfirmed reports and what is solid and verified information.


I started out watching Fox News yesterday and had to switch to ABC because I couldn't stand all the horrible speculation. The woman was just talking to fill time or something and it was the most annoying thing. My mother in law talks like that. Narrates life, speculates on things she knows nothing about. It was like that, speculation was rampant and actual news facts were nil. Mind you, it was pretty early but it was terrible. I can't stand watching Fox News, the TV just happened to be on Fox when I turned it on so I left it.
 
2013-04-17 01:00:10 AM
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Agrees

/hotlink
 
2013-04-17 01:00:50 AM
"Let us not bicker and argue about who killed who."

/the writing in Monty Python is MUCH better than the ny post
//at least MP is intentionally funny
 
2013-04-17 01:01:18 AM

wademh: Clearly, what we need is more reporting about the quality of the reporting of how the media reported events in the wake of the initial reporting.


img1.imagesbn.com
 
2013-04-17 01:02:09 AM

ransack.: Lenny_da_Hog: I was recounting to some whippersnappers last night about how Walter Cronkite and CBS would have handled this story if it had happened in 1970 or so:

"Today in Boston, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring dozens. [film rolls from helicopter flyover] A third bomb was found and safely detonated by explosives experts. There are currently no suspects and no group has claimed responsibility for the bombings. Authorities from several local, state, and federal agencies are investigating.

"In Phnom Penh today....."

Were there a lot of bombs in Boston back then? I wasn't around until the mid-80s.


No, but as an eight-year-old I learned "body count" and "napalm" and "grenade" and "Khmer Rouge" and watched the horrid chaotic evacuation of Da Nang right on the teevee.

Perhaps not all that different from today's news.
 
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