Everybody likes The Onion. At least, that’s the impression I get from social media. Both my Facebook and Twitter feeds are populated by links to this incisive news source, which is to The New York Times what Comedy Central is to network news (although some might say the same for MSNBC and Fox News, but I digress). Want to look witty and informed without being either? The Onion is there for you.
Thus, it comes as something of a shock to discover that The Onion is a fraud. Really. And the folks at The Onion have only themselves to blame. Here’s the proof:
Now, at first glance, you’ll see this, and shrug. Everyone who isn’t poking fun at Henry Louis “Skip” Gates is poking fun at Ben Affleck. This is called karma. You root for the Red Sox and the Patriots, you get the Bruins and this. So The Onion‘s simply jumping on a bandwagon.
But then there was this, immediately after:
Nor is this an isolated incident. No, this is standard practice for The Onion, as this piece demonstrates:
Of course Joseph Borg wants to dupe the system as Matt Pugliese. And I’m intrigued that Rosemary Woods (I always thought it was Rose Mary Woods) is now going by “Martha Laskin,” homemaker. Sure.
So why are people fooled by The Onion? Why do they post it as if it is real news? Wake up, people! Don’t you know better?
You tell me. Let the clicks begin.