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Old 27 May 2013, 08:55 PM
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In a press release, The Onion's Editor-In-Chief, Will Tracy, explained what led to the publication's difficult decision:

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It used to be that political satire was easy. All one had to do was find the absurd buried beneath the surface of a given story and employ satire to highlight that absurdity. To shine a light on it.

Now? Now you have headlines showing up in mainstream publications like "Kansas Republican Actually Opposes the Poor Buying More Food" and "Conservatives Less Likely to Buy Energy Efficient Bulbs if Labeled as Environmentally Friendly."

The absurdity of conservatives in this country has completely destroyed our business. Republicans have ruined us. Period.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/0...Calls-it-Quits
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Old 27 May 2013, 09:05 PM
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Note one of the tags is "satire." Not sure if that means the piece itself is satire, or if it's because it's about a satirical website.

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Old 27 May 2013, 09:15 PM
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Yes, it's kind of hard to tell if it's a real press release, isn't it?

It was also reported in 2010, allegedly for the same reason:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2495449/posts

Although that one does seem to be a satirical blog post rather than a "press release".

And in February this year, by the Weekly World News, this time supposedly because of their unfortunate Oscar tweet:

http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines...fensive-tweet/

But they would have had it shut in March, which obviously didn't happen.
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Old 27 May 2013, 09:50 PM
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I'm pretty sure it's satire. (One reason I stuck it in "Fun House" rather than elsewhere.) But as the article itself points out, sometimes it's hard to tell.
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Old 27 May 2013, 10:26 PM
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And the author's note seems to agree:

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Yes, I authored this piece, not The Onion -- though if the latter comes calling with a job offer, I have a number in mind.
I understand the problem though. It is hard telling satire from the news.

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Old 27 May 2013, 10:29 PM
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If it isn't satire, what upcoming election is referred to and what is the significance of the date, given that it's a Thursday?
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Old 27 May 2013, 10:33 PM
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And the author's note seems to agree:
I think they added that since I first read it, unless I was just being very unobservant. But I couldn't find any other sign of this press release, or anybody else reporting it, anyway.
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If it isn't satire, what upcoming election is referred to and what is the significance of the date, given that it's a Thursday?
It claims to be the next presidential election, but that will be in 2016, not 2014. November 6 2016 is a Sunday. FWIW, US elections are held on Tuesdays.
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The press release would have been linked if it were real.
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Yes, I authored this piece, not The Onion -- though if the latter comes calling with a job offer, I have a number in mind.
Don't hold your breath. Originality doesn't seem to be your strong point.
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Or modesty.
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