The Onion’s fake news is coming to Toronto as a print newspaper. Should Metro be scared?

I love The Onion  –  it’s the world’s leading source of fake news and I find that it is it incredibly well written.  When I want fake news on TV to entertain me, it’s Fox News  and John Stewart and when I want fake news online it’s the Onion.

 When I was working at Rogers, a colleague was fooled by a Onion story about a big brand and sent it out via email to a list of people including fairly senior Rogers marketing staff.  When I told him The Onion was fake news there was an  Oh $#!%%  reaction and the aforementioned colleague tried to recall the email  and then had to send out a hasty note flagging the story as fake  …   it had me loling for a week 🙂   

I’ve been a fan of the Onion for years on the web, but today I learnt that they have  a print edition that is distributed for free in 13  US cities and that the print edition is coming to Toronto this fall.    I could see myself reading the Onion instead of the Metro if I had to choose between one when looking for free reading material for a subway ride.

People  exposed to the Onion for the first time  when it comes to Toronto will be exposed to headlines like Justin Bieber Found To Be Cleverly Disguised 51-Year-Old Pedophile  and  Donald Trump Under Pressure To Prove He’s Not A Pathetic Sack Of Human Scum .

Oddly  enough, the Onion has partnered up with the Toronto Star for distribution and ad sales  – I wonder if it’s because these days mainstream media is so manufactured that the  line between fake and real news is blurry?

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5 responses to “The Onion’s fake news is coming to Toronto as a print newspaper. Should Metro be scared?

  1. Salaam Ammar..
    The Onion is sometimes the most accurate news out there; check out this article from January 2001:
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/bush-our-long-national-nightmare-of-peace-and-pros,464/

    It’s also extremely effective at making important points through its satire… I found this particular item very poignant:
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/i-am-so-starving-vs-i-am-so-starving,11541/

  2. Thanks for sharing Faraz!

  3. You mean everything in the Onion was…fake?

  4. Pingback: The Onion’s fake news is coming to Toronto as a print newspaper. Should Metro be scared? | TDOT Roulette

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