posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 10:58 PM
reply to post by SemperParatusRJCC
The Onion is meant to be satire. I picked up my first print copy in 1994 or so. I used to live down the street from one of the founding editors in
Madison, WI, who also curated a toilet paper museum (located between Gorham and Johnson St., around the corner from Pinkus McBride) with samples of
toilet paper from all over the world. I also went to high school with one of their former business managers.
I haven't read it much since they moved their headquarters to New York a couple years ago, but they pretty clearly market themselves as satire.
In the interest of full disclosure, I had an odd synchronistic experience with their publication while visiting NYC in '07: after satirically
challenging several MySpace friends to a televised presidential debate, I picked up a print copy of the Onion a couple days later in NYC which
featured on the front page something remarkably similar to my post.
I was running for President at the time.
I wouldn't off the top of my head consider the Onion disinfo, but I've become more suspicious of media in general lately.
Watching this one edition of the venerable Newshour with Jim Lehrer, I couldn't help but notice a giant statue of Shiva The Destroyer dancing through
the flames of the world in the background of the shot as the Director General of the World Health Organization explained why swine flu should be
considered a pandemic (shot first appears about 45 second in):
If it were an isolated incident I'd probably ignore it, but have seen similar television staging many places elsewhere. For example, Obama's Feb 2,
2009 press conference featured some similar staging:
EDIT: "in the background of the shot"
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