Wednesday, August 02, 2006

the onion

With the rise of The Daily Show, fake news has never been more popular. However, there is no better source for biting satire that The Onion, a weekly print and online parody newspaper.

Started in 1988, it was a regional publication until the debut of its website in 1996. Since then it has entertained readers with commentary on national and international events and popular culture.

I especially enjoyed today’s top politics story (although it may be too close to true for comfort). In Bush Grants Self Permission To Grant More Power To Self, the Onion’s crack Washington team covers the signing of the Presidential Empowerment Act:

which the president hand-drafted on his own Oval Office stationery and promptly signed into law, provides Bush with full authority to permit himself to authorize increased jurisdiction over the three branches of the federal government, provided that the president considers it in his best interest to do so.
This line is especially classic:

Despite the president's new powers, the role of Congress and the Supreme Court has not been overlooked. Under the new law, both enjoy the newly broadened ability to grant the president the authority to increase his presidential powers.

Bonus link: subscribe to The Onion’s podcast to enjoy anchorman Doyle Redlands radio news. More episodes are here.


At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good call paul. the onion rules.

and here is quite possibly the funniest newsbook of all time



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