The Daily Squib

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The Daily Squib
Daily Squib newspaper logo.jpg
TypeDaily Satire
EditorAur Esenbel
Founded1 April 2007 (2007-04-01)
HeadquartersLondon, England

The Daily Squib is a British satirical online publication created by satire writer Aur Esenbel,[1] that was officially launched on April Fool's Day, 2007. Its coverage extends across world politics, science, technology, business, sports and health.

Spoofs, humorous takes and social commentary[edit]

On 7 February 2008, The Daily Squib published a spoof article in which it was claimed that the Ku Klux Klan had chosen to endorse Barack Obama in the 2008 US Presidential elections in order to avoid the election of Hillary Clinton.[2] The spoof was misinterpreted by some readers as a factual article, and quickly became a widely circulated internet rumour that was discussed in articles by Reuters and The Times (London).[3][4] An article in the Tampa Bay Times subsequently reported that the Ku Klux Klan had been repeatedly contacted with requests to verify their stance regarding The Daily Squib's story.[5] And in April 2008, American rapper Snoop Dogg re-circulated the rumour generated by the Daily Squib story in an interview with The Guardian.[6]

On 3 February 2009, The Daily Squib published a humorous article satirizing the UK's helpless response to prolonged snowfall in February 2009. The spoof article claimed that Hitler had planned to use 'snow zeppelins' as weapons of attack in order 'to disrupt Britain's ability to function'.[7]

On 4 August 2010, The Daily Squib published a spoof article detailing the exploits of a masturbating Transportation Security Administration official and a full body X-ray scanner. The satirical story drew considerable attention, such that the TSA ultimately issued a public statement denying that the incident had occurred on their blog.[8]

A Daily Squib story satirizing an interview with former United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger first published on 27 November 2011 was cited as a factual story by flagship Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram,[9] on 16 September 2012. The Daily Squib Kissinger satire, was also mentioned by former John Major era Chancellor of the Exchequer, Norman Lamont on 6 March 2012 in the New Statesman.[10]

On 19 October 2012 a Daily Squib article [11] which featured a fake EU poster that contained the Soviet hammer and sickle symbol was mistaken for a real EU poster by the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan.[12]

The Daily Squib editor, Aur Esenbel, was interviewed[13] for award winning magazine, The Big Issue, published on 23 November 2018. The article discussed the variance in fake news and satire. Esenbel elucidated readers about the Daily Squib's literary style: “The tone is Juvenalian satire, that is to say, it is harder hitting than the jolly harmless Horatian kind, which is prevalent in so many other sites.”


On 11 July 2017, after ten years online, the Daily Squib satirical article "Ku Klux Klan Endorses Obama"[14] was pulled off the site after Google demanded the article be removed or the Daily Squib would lose its advertising. The editor of The Daily Squib, Aur Esenbel replied[15] citing the "loss of freedom of speech", "censorship of satire", and how Google had "completely misunderstood the premise of the satirical article".[16]

Global creative awards jury[edit]

The Daily Squib, was chosen alongside well-known industry journals such as Adweek, Campaign magazine, Creative Review to be one of the jurors with jury president Spencer Baim, Chief Strategic officer at Vice Media for the globally acclaimed 2017 Epica Awards showcasing creativity in advertising, film and design.[17]

PHNX Tribute creative jury[edit]

The Daily Squib, Editor, Aur Esenbel, was chosen as a jury member for the 2020, PHNX Tribute.,[18] a celebration of individual creatives and teams within the creative industry.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Daily Squib About". The Daily Squib. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Ku Klux Klan Endorses Obama". The Daily Squib. 7 February 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  3. ^ Debussman, Bernd (18 July 2008). "Barack Obama and the Ku Klux Klan". Reuters. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  4. ^ Rifkind, Hugo (29 February 2008). "No Kidding - it's not a wizard idea". The Times (London).
  5. ^ Montgomery, Ben (23 September 2008). "Even the KKK gets a taste of Obama-mania". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  6. ^ Forrest, Emma (3 April 2008). "At Home with the Doggs". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  7. ^ Klinsreich, Jurgen (3 February 2009). "Germans Could Have Defeated Britain With Snow in WW2". The Daily Squib. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  8. ^ Matyszczyk, Chris (4 December 2010). "TSA blog fights back against satire". Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  9. ^ Online, Ahram (16 September 2012). "Egypt dailies publish spoof Kissinger quotes as genuine". Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  10. ^ Lamont, Norman (6 March 2012). "A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran". Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  11. ^ Trotsky, Karl (19 October 2012), "EU Soviet Agenda and Comrade Cameron", Daily Squib, retrieved 19 October 2012
  12. ^ Hannan, Daniel (19 October 2012), "You thought the whole 'EUSSR' thing was over the top? Have a look at this poster", Telegraph, archived from the original on 21 October 2012, retrieved 19 October 2012
  13. ^ "In a world of fake news, what happens to satire?". The Daily Squib. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Ku Klux Klan Endorses Obama". The Daily Squib. 7 February 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  15. ^ The Daily Squib: End of Free Speech – Daily Squib Censored by Google Once Again
  16. ^ Ed, The (11 July 2017), "End of Free Speech – Daily Squib Censored by Google Once Again", Daily Squib, retrieved 31 August 2017
  17. ^ "Epica's Jury 2017". Epica Awards. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  18. ^ "PHNX Tribute". Adforum. 10 June 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.

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