A Pulitzer for The Onion: No Kidding!

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:

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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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

"The Onion" -- THE BEST, and you know when you read it that the underlying idea makes perfect sense. And isn't that what great reporting and journalism is all about?!

Gloria W.
Gloria W.6 years ago

Onion I love you!!!

Sound Mind
Ronald E6 years ago

Onion is great, I just forget to follow it.

Linda E.
Linda E6 years ago

More power to the Onion! They deserve it!

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

The Onion has better news than 95% of current TV and journals.

Laurie D.
Laurie D6 years ago

Any well written piece or group of pieces that stimulate interaction or thought should be recognised by SOMETHING but perhaps some of the older awards should stay sacrosanct. Instead, let's develop an award for thought provoking materials...

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y6 years ago

The Onion should receive 'The Putz-Puller' prize.

The idea of The Onion receiving an actual Pulitzer is really a great literary joke for anyone who knows about the prize. I am guessing Mrs. Huffington who is very well-read, has tongue in cheek.

The Onion is funny satirical fare; but it does not meet the criteria for a Pulitzer. Unfortunately satire isn't on the list of literary categories, although perhaps it should be. However there are plenty of prizes and citations for comedic excellence and it richly deserves those.

My reservations stem from the fact the Pulitzer was intended to encourage writers, composers and journalists of high literary and artistic merit who contribute something of lasting value to society. Not that satire and comedy aren't valuable-if Ambrose Bierce were alive, he would deserve one. But he wrote great works of sociopolitical satire which are also literature in their own right, not just funny headlines or tongue-in-cheek stories.

Until the Onion or its writers create something on a par with The Devil's Dictionary or the Cynic's Word, it isn't even close to the same class as great American writers like Faulkner or Sandberg or Tennessee Williams, or composers like Wynton Marsalis or Gershwin. Nor can it be equated with recipients for outstanding public service or great investigative journalism.

"The Onion receiving a Pulitzer" is something you might find in the pages of...The Onion.

Rob K.
Rob Keenan6 years ago

Mary S.,the "God Has Bi-Polar" was satire,although it did point out how much the Bible contradicts itself through out. No sense of humor,you,huh?