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.”