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The Onion

Images: Various Twitter posts. Select to embiggen.

UPDATE: Late this morning Onion CEO Steve Hannah took to Facebook to issue an apology:

On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.

No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.

he tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.

In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.

Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts.

Law enforcement officials confirmed Friday that four more copy editors were killed this week amid ongoing violence between two rival gangs divided by their loyalties to the The Associated Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual Of Style.

“At this time we have reason to believe the killings were gang-related and carried out by adherents of both the AP and Chicago styles, part of a vicious, bloody feud to establish control over the grammar and usage guidelines governing American English,” said FBI spokesman Paul Holstein, showing reporters graffiti tags in which the word “anti-social” had been corrected to read “antisocial.”

“The deadly territory dispute between these two organizations, as well as the notorious MLA Handbook gang, has claimed the lives of more than 63 publishing professionals this year alone.”

Officials also stated that an innocent 35-year-old passerby who found himself caught up in a long-winded dispute over use of the serial, or Oxford, comma had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Using Social Media to Cover For Lack of Original Thought

A recent Onion Talk for all you social media editors/consultants/experts out there.

The Onion Picks Kim Jong Un as Sexiest Man Alive, China Believes It
From China’s People’s Daily newspaper, largely quoting the Onion announcement, which describes the leader as follows:

With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman’s dream come true.

Also of note: a commenter at Buzzfeed found the article reposted at The Korean Times. And of one more note: remember, this has happened before.
H/T: Buzzfeed.

The Onion Picks Kim Jong Un as Sexiest Man Alive, China Believes It

From China’s People’s Daily newspaper, largely quoting the Onion announcement, which describes the leader as follows:

With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman’s dream come true.

Also of note: a commenter at Buzzfeed found the article reposted at The Korean Times. And of one more note: remember, this has happened before.

H/T: Buzzfeed.

'Huffington Post' Employee Sucked Into Aggregation Turbine
Horrified Workers Watch As Colleague Torn Apart By Powerful Content-Gathering Engine.
Via The Onion.

'Huffington Post' Employee Sucked Into Aggregation Turbine

Horrified Workers Watch As Colleague Torn Apart By Powerful Content-Gathering Engine.

Via The Onion.

Our Ads Make a Mockery of Your Site →

We’d laugh if it weren’t so true:

DEARBORN, MI—Ford Motor Company officials chastised news and commentary website Masthead.com Friday, conceding they were embarrassed to be associated with a publication that would allow the entirety of its award-winning content to be hidden behind splashy, distracting ads for the Ford F-150.

According to the car manufac­turer, Masthead ’s decision to allow the “garish” full-screen advertisement—in which a red pickup speeds across news articles, overrunning them with tire-tread marks until readers manage to find the tiny “close” button—suggests the media outlet has zero respect not only for itself, but also for the amount of work that goes into its astute political and cul­tural coverage.

"They should be ashamed of themselves for letting us come in, plaster our logo everywhere, and, for a measly 50 grand, pretty much destroy the reputation they’ve worked so hard to build," said Erin Robertson, an ad buyer for Ford who scoffed when Masthead immediately agreed to all of her terms and even sug­gested its creative staff could write articles mentioning the F-150. "Their coverage of the debt crisis has been pretty insightful, but then they cheapen it by allowing us to completely obscure their writing with a video of a truck bounding over sand dunes."

Via… The Onion, of course.

I’ve long been grateful to The Onion for its September 26, 2001 issue. Most simply, it allowed me to smile again.
Pictured above from that issue (and with apologies to the source since I’ve forgotten where I downloaded it from): God Angrily Clarifies ‘Don’t Kill’ Rule and US Vows to Defeat Whoever it is We’re at War With.
In a 2004 interview, Zack Stalberg, Editor of the Philadelphia Daily News and former Pulitzer Prize judge, told Editor & Publisher that he put The Onion up for consideration for the prize’s commentary category:

"As it went around the table, you could see that people were blown away by this work," Stalberg said about the entry, which included the paper’s mock Sept. 11 coverage. "But it was a little too different, a little too risky. I voted to make it a finalist, but nobody else did." 

I’ve long been grateful to The Onion for its September 26, 2001 issue. Most simply, it allowed me to smile again.

Pictured above from that issue (and with apologies to the source since I’ve forgotten where I downloaded it from): God Angrily Clarifies ‘Don’t Kill’ Rule and US Vows to Defeat Whoever it is We’re at War With.

In a 2004 interview, Zack Stalberg, Editor of the Philadelphia Daily News and former Pulitzer Prize judge, told Editor & Publisher that he put The Onion up for consideration for the prize’s commentary category:

"As it went around the table, you could see that people were blown away by this work," Stalberg said about the entry, which included the paper’s mock Sept. 11 coverage. "But it was a little too different, a little too risky. I voted to make it a finalist, but nobody else did." 

We can get behind it.

wnyc:

Heavy swearing from Ira Glass. Excellent.

(also: co-sign on the effort)

afajp:

You know him as host of NPR’s “This American Life,” but we here at AFAJP strictly know Ira Glass as devoted supporter of our mission to get The Onion a Pulitzer Prize. 

Are you as angry as he is? 

Now, using the latest news-providing technologies, The Onion introduces a format that allows you to touch the news. That’s right. Swipe it, poke it, berate it, and it reacts accordingly.

The Onion launches its iPad App.

For the geeks, they went with HTML5 rather than Objective C, telling the New York Times, “We chose to build the iPad app in HTML5 so we could avoid having to learn a new programming language. We are a small company and we wanted to keep the development as simple as possible as we’re now managing a number of other apps.”

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