Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Daily Show gets a run for its money with The Onion

The Onion has satirized the news in print for decades—now it’s moving to video, too.

Other news outlets report on illegal immigration “with facts and information that are very difficult to relate to,” says an anchor on an Onion.com video. Then the Onion team cuts to the heart of the matter with the story of a corporate executive who lost his $800,000 job to a migrant worker willing to settle for $600,000.

“Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, these are the words enshrined at the base of the Statue of Liberty and in the hearts of every true American,” says Onion Correspondent Jean Anne Whorton.

“But those words were written thousands of years ago.”

These and other cutting reports make up the new video content appearing in the Onion’s online home.

Fair and balanced? No. Funny? You decide.

- ALAN J. McCOMBS / ASNE Reporter

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