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The Onion: Taking the Media to Task Since 1783

The Onion, easily the funniest outlet this side of CollegeHumor, certainly has a history of challenging the status quo.

They’ve recently been running stories from their “historical archives,” including their first issue from 1783.

In late 1783, change was sweeping the Western world. The Revolutionary War had drawn to a close, the Treaty of Paris had been signed, Mozart’s Great Mass was performed for the first time, and, with the Montgolfier brothers’ balloon, mankind was poised on the threshold of flight. And only one newspaper, H. Ulysses Zweibel’s The Onion, had the courage to stand against it all. Here, for the first time ever, is a reprint edition of The Onion‘s October 6, 1783 issue.

It’s brilliant.

But while political satire is all the rage these days with Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin and Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, The Onion has some of the sharpest — and least ideological — comedy.

Gunman Kills 15 Potential Voters In Crucial Swing State

In an era of 24/7 cable news coverage and non-stop election reporting, The Onion is slamming the media for — surprise — not focusing on what really matters.

While members of the media likes to paint themselves as an easy target, there’s a legitimate gripe to be made here.

I’m just surprised they didn’t pull out the Microsoft Surface table for Chuck Todd.

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