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Peeling the Fox Onion (or, “America’s Finest News Source”)

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Inspired by Frustrated Obama Sends Nation Rambling 75,000-Word E-Mail (The Onion 11/26/10), Fox Nation’s report thereon, and Fox Nation readers confuse Onion article with real news (Raw Story 11/26/10).

I don’t know whether it’s more serious

That Fox’s editors or readers are delerious.

To begin with, it’s surreal

That a FoxNews.com editor thought the Onion story was real.


But I think it’s even more frightening

(Not to mention enlightening)

That the average Fox News consumer

Doesn’t understand the concept of humor.


It’s fitting the Fox News uses the Onion as a source citation

Since they’re both parodies of a news organization.

When you peel back the layers, you’ll find it undeniable

That Fox and the Onion are equally reliable

(And their stories equally verifiable).


But when you consider that Fox is the news source on which millions rely,

It’s enough to make you want to cry.

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Here’s Keith’s 11/29/10 “worst persons” report on Fox’s use of the Onion as a news source.

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For more about recent slopping Fox news “reporting,” read A Hard Rain, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Que Sherrod Sherrod, Quit Makin’ Stuff Up, and Passage to India, or click here for our full Fox News series. And here’s another Onion classic,  Fox News Channel Adds Laugh Track (The Onion 10/28/98).

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