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“It is almost impossible to write about Halperin and Heilemann without finding yourself writing like Halperin and Heilemann,” Marc Tracy goes behind the scenes to show how John Heilemann and Mark Halperin get sources to dish. (The New Republic)
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You may have read this on a website today: The Goldbergs is a new sitcom about Jews in the 1980s that premieres tonight.
Whether or not today’s rumors about Beyonce lip-syncing the national anthem yesterday are true or not, aren’t we missing the much larger point? If Beyonce wasn’t really using her microphone, what’s to say that President Obama didn’t lip-sync his entire inaugural address?
The problem with that premise–which would have been a fine morning-after joke–was that it had already been released as a satirical video from The Onion three days before the inauguration.
If you have not seen The Onion’s latest spoof on Real World/Road Rules/Jersey Shore/any reality show that involves strangers being forced to fight under barbaric conditions (lack of food, overabundance of alcohol, constant camera crews, etc.), then you need to immediately go watch Sex House. Now in its second episode, Sex House plays with the reality TV convention before ramping it up to 11.
And then it gets dark. Real dark.
In a “breaking news” story in The Onion this morning, the satirical newspaper reported Congress took a group of touring school kids hostage in the Capitol rotunda, demanding $12 trillion by 6 p.m. or they’ll shoot a kid every hour. For once, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) are cooperating to reduce the deficit.
“Happy 9/11, everybody!”
It was actually September 9, nearly ten years after the attacks, and comedian Nick DiPaolo was on stage at the Gotham Comedy Club, where he’d been headlining, taking a chance that with a decade’s distance audiences might finally be ready to laugh—not about the thousands of dead, of course, but maybe about our shared anxieties and the collective experience of living with tragedy and fear.
News isn’t free, even if it’s fake. The Onion announced that they are testing out a new paywall system.
If you live overseas, and read more than five satirical articles a month – time to get out your credit card.
Unless, of course, you are overseas serving the US, in which case read Read More
This American Life?
It would seem America’s satire newspaper-of-choice The Onion‘s recent campaign to receive a (presumably long and overdue) Pulitzer Prize—replete with press from the New York Times, a blog dedicated to the campaign, and co-signs from Arianna Huffingtonm, Tom Hanks, the President of Georgia, and Mario Batali, among others—is continuing to rage forward, ‘rage’ being the operative term in it.
The Onion‘s new issue defuses any scattered murmurs of a Pixar backlash, by deploying “John Lasseter,” the Toy Story director and chief creative officer at the studio, to “write” an op-ed. Lasseter mocks the undiscerning taste of his viewers — he calls them a “horde of drooling morons” — but the piece ends Read More
Candidate To Accuse Opponent Of Racism Just To See What Happens
NEW YORK-With polls showing him trailing in New York’s Republican primary race for U.S. Senate, candidate David Malpass told reporters Friday he planned to accuse his opponent Bruce Blakeman of racism just to see if it caught on with Read More