Talk:The Onion

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Print distribution in Austin seems to have ceased in Summer 2013[edit]

Was the New York Times taken in by The Onion's Tiger Beat Obama cover?[edit]

It has been going around the internet that the venerable New York Times ran a picture of a fictional cover of Tiger Beat featuring Barak Obama during the 2008 election, yet this is not mentioned on the Onion taken seriously heading. Here is an example from Mediaite, which I don't know is WP:RS or not

Did this really happen?--Bellerophon5685 (talk) 15:42, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

Western Onion[edit]

Is it correct that the the original name was "Western Onion", a take-off on the name of the now-vanished telegram company Western Union, and that the name was changed to The Onion after a "cease and desist" letter from Western Union's lawyers? deisenbe (talk) 06:17, 4 March 2015 (UTC)


To quote:

"Rich, Famous People Terrified By Launch Of Celebrity Gossip Site," beckons an introductory post on, the new branch of The Onion empire. Arguably the most mockable sector of modern day media, StarWipe takes aim at celebrities, or as the site calls them, "those most vulnerable members of society​." Helmed by senior editor at The A.V. Club Sean O'Neal, StarWipe launched today, featuring articles like,"Baby Bump Watch: George Clooney" and "It's Unclear What Kim Kardashian Plans To Do With Baby's Placenta." Like all Onion-esque satire, these headlines are sadly, well, more or less believable.

StarWipe's launch comes a year after the successful rollout of the self-aware content farm ClickHole, which successfully tricked Anderson Cooper back in May. While the site points out that celebrities should be terrified, it's really those flimsily-sourced gossip sites that are in the crosshairs.

We spoke with StarWipe editor-in-chief Sean O'Neal on the occasion of the launch. "The thrust of the site is the sort of news reporting I've been doing for about eight years now over at The A.V. Club—with 'news' and 'reporting' in scare quotes, probably—but we'll also appropriate the tabloid tropes of your Peoples, your Us Weeklys, your TMZs, then approach them the same way The Onion and ClickHole look at world events and viral content," O'Neal said. "The difference is we don't have to make anything up, because gossip culture is already fake and ridiculous."

Please add info on starwipe to the article at an appropriate spot.

The Onion and Univision[edit]

A lot of recent edits have implied that The Onion is a subsidiary of Univision Communications. As this official press release from Univision indicates, they are “a minority investor in Onion Inc.”; a 40% investment does not make Univision a majority owner nor does it make Onion, Inc. a subsidiary:

Univision Makes Investment in The Onion

NEW YORK – JANUARY 19, 2016 –Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, and Onion Inc., a digital media company with comedy brands that include The Onion, the nation’s leading comedy and news satire brand, today announced that UCI’s digital-arm is a minority investor in Onion Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Onion is a complementary extension of UCI’s Spanish- and English-language digital portfolio, broadening the Company’s multicultural, digital footprint and its reach with a highly coveted millennial audience. With more than 25 million engaged monthly uniques on Onion Inc.’s platform, UCI will expand its overall digital presence in multicultural, millennial focused content with this transaction.

While Onion Inc. will operate independently, maintaining the integrity of the brand and editorial voice, UCI will have oversight of Onion Inc. to leverage Univision Digital’s distribution, resources and media expertise to expand the exposure of the brand. In particular, Univision Digital will work with Onion Inc.’s brands to explore new content opportunities, including short- and long-form formats for each Onion brand across digital and linear mediums.

“Comedy is playing an expanding role in our culture as a vehicle for audiences to explore, debate, and understand the important ideas of our time,” said Isaac Lee, Chief News and Digital Officer of Univision and CEO of FUSION. “It has also proven to be an incredibly engaging format for millennial audiences, and is expected to play a key part in the 2016 presidential election process via our robust content offerings in Spanish and English. The Onion has been, and continues to be, a leading force of this phenomenon of intellectual, social, cultural and satirical commentary online. As we did with the acquisition of The Root in 2015, with Onion Inc. we are expanding our role as a go-to source for digitally-connected, diverse audiences. Including Onion Inc. as part of our portfolio is a great fit for and a significant step forward in our digital strategy as we continue to expand the ways we entertain and inform millennial and multicultural audiences.”

“Onion Inc. has remained successful by putting editorial first. We’re excited to partner with Univision, a company that understands and appreciates that foundation, and that can provide additional resources, expertise, and opportunity for our talented staff,” said Mike McAvoy, president and chief executive officer at Onion Inc.
— Rosemary Mercedes, Univision Press Release Archive

--SpyMagician (talk) 05:47, 26 January 2016 (UTC)