Best Of The Onion: Ten Onion Stories That Poke Fun At News Media

Over the years, satirical news organization The Onion has not only poked fun at local, national, international, sports and entertainment news, but also at the people who cover that news — journalists. This is a collection of some of the best articles, videos and commentary about newspapers and TV media from The Onion.

1. Article: Failing U.S. Economy No Reason At All To Stop Investing In Print Media, All Experts Agree
From the article: “The nation’s top experts unanimously agreed Tuesday that the current struggles of the U.S. economy were no reason whatsoever to stop investing in print media, which they said was easily the safest and most profitable place to invest one’s money.”

2. Video: Boston Globe Tailors Print Edition For Three Remaining Subscribers

The paper says the new personalized articles target the interests of Massachusetts residents and final three Globe readers Michael Fisher, Camille Kresge, and Buddy.

3. Article: Responsible Cable News Outlets To Devote Sensible Amount Of Airtime To 10th Anniversary Of 9/11
In light of the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

“Promising to cover the event responsibly and with the kind of delicate restraint it deserves, the nation’s cable news outlets announced Monday that while they would be devoting some airtime to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, they “certainly wouldn’t be going overboard with it.”

4. Video: How Will The End Of Print Journalism Affect Old Loons Who Hoard Newspapers?

Panelists discuss how the decline of the newspaper industry will affect the loons and shut-ins who rely on newspapers for stacking around their ramshackle homes.

5. Article: Former Editor Can’t Believe Shit College Newspaper Is Printing
Yes, we are probably all guilty of over-critiquing our colleges newspapers when we venture back for a read (I know I am). From the article:

“Troy Bartell, 22, former editor-in-chief of Boston University’s student newspaper The Daily Free Press, said Monday that his once-prestigious paper is in ‘free-fall’ […] ‘This is lousy, lousy journalism,’ said Bartell, who still scours the paper’s online edition for typos despite graduating in May 2006.”

6. Infographic: Newspaper Readership Down
This infographic shows why people have stopped reading newspapers, including reasons like “USA Today stopped including toy surprise” and “Already have enough newspapers in basement to last a lifetime.”

7. Voices of America: Gannett Forces Employees To Take Unpaid Week Off
In this piece, people sound off on how they feel about Gannett employees taking the week off. “Oh, great, another week of newspaper reruns,” is one woman’s fake response.

8. Commentary: Damn You, Hearst!”
This 1998 commentary is a letter to William Randolph Hearst, founder of newspaper conglomerate the Hearst Corporation, about his castle in San Simeon, Calif.:

“As you, I and every-one else in the Republic knows, you are only building that palace at San Simeon because you wish to emulate my own enormous and imposing mansion here out East. You are always trying to up-stage me, whether in the pages of your fish-wrapper scandal-sheets or through your own political ambitions.”

9. Brief: CNN Anchor Interviews Al Jazeera Anchor Who Interviewed Libyan Rebels
From the news brief: “In an effort to provide viewers with an authentic, first-person account of conditions on the ground in Libya, CNN news anchor Kyra Phillips conducted an exclusive, one-on-one interview Tuesday with the Al Jazeera news anchor who interviewed leaders of the uprising.”

10. Audio: CNN Introduces News Bot

Did I leave out one of your favorites? Let me know in the comments.

Publish date: September 8, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT