On June 20th a very special milestone occurred:
The Onion, which is America’s Finest News Service, published its 1000th issue.
What would we have done without 1000 issues with headlines like:
- God Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder
- Childbirth To Be Area Woman’s Least Painful Interaction With Daughter
- Clinton Threatens To Drop Da Bomb On Iraq
- Bush Extremely Proud of New Suit
- Historians Admit to Inventing Ancient Greeks
- Brave Mountain Lion Fends Off Group of Hikers
- Shipwreck Survivors Forced To Endure Ride Home On Disney Cruise Ship
- Guy Who Got Laid Off Just Glad Multi-National Corporation Will Make It
- Previous Pulitzer Winners: ‘Feels So Hollow Knowing There Are Far More Deserving Institutions’
Accordingly, some — excuse me, many — are pulling for The Onion to win the prize such a purveyor of satirical greatness surely deserves and which it has never won, a Pulitzer Prize. No one less than a group by the name of Americans for Fairness in Journalism Prizes has gathered deeply felt testimony from the likes of Dave Barry (who’s won a Pulitzer), Tom Hanks (who’s won a lot of stuff), Mikheil Saakashvili (who, being the President of Georgia, must have won at least an election) and Arianna Huffington (we’ll let her speak for herself), all to garner the highest award in American journalism for The Onion.
After all, in these days when reports of the abduction of a Syrian lesbian blogger made headlines in several major news outlets (Pulitzer Prize-winning ones, too), and then more headlines after it was revealed that said Syrian lesbian blogger’s blog was written by a 40-year-old American grad student, it’s not so easy to know what’s real and what’s fake.
Whereas, with The Onion you know you can rely on getting news with the same sting and zing as when the juice of a certain bulbous vegetable gets in your eye.
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