The Onion Gets Flack for Getting it Right

The Onion Gets Flack for Getting it Right

“WASHINGTON—Brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols, members of the 112th U.S. Congress took a class of visiting schoolchildren hostage today, barricading themselves inside the Capitol rotunda and demanding $12 trillion dollars in cash.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has emerged as spokesman for the bipartisan group, informed FBI negotiators this morning that the ransom was to be placed in stainless-steel suitcases and left on the Capitol steps by 4 p.m. sharp. If their demands are not met in full, the 11-term representative announced, ‘all the kids will die.'”

“Congress Takes Group Of Schoolchildren Hostage,” The Onion

Twitter: #CongressHostage

“The Onion Is Fake-Tweeting a Capitol Hill Hostage Situation,” New York Magazine

“No Joke: Capitol Police Take Onion’s Parody Seriously,” Danny Yadron, Wall Street Journal blog

“This is Satire. That’s How it Works.” Tom Swanson, Swans on Tea

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One Response to “The Onion Gets Flack for Getting it Right”

  1. HL Says:

    The House Appropriations Committee has reported on a budget proposal that will take away over a billion dollars directed toward children:

    — $350 million for the Title V Maternal, Infant and Early Child Health Home Visiting (MIECHV) program;
    — $1 billion for the Prevention and Public Health Fund; and
    — $25 million for the Pregnancy Assistance Fund.

    These are funds already appropriated under the Affordable Care Act.

    The assault on child health by the Republican House is actually more serious than the Onion parody.

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