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The Onion Sues Tea Party for Loss of Readership

NEW YORK (Newsweak.com Exclusive) – On the eve of the U.S. 2010 midterm elections the news satire organization The Onion has initiated lawsuit proceedings on several Tea Party organizers and candidates for loss of traffic due to the over-the-top stories arising out of their campaigns.

“Election season is the time where we should be able to run the best stories that satire politicians, but with this batch of candidates running under the Tea Party banner we can’t create any articles that come close to being as bizarre as what is happening in real life.” Onion PR rep Tony Banks told Newsweak.com, “We’ve been getting emails and phone calls congratulating us on stories such as Christine O’Donnell as a witch, the Sharon Angle ‘second amendment remedies’ and the Rand Paul ‘Aqua Buddha’ thing, and we have to tell them that those are all real. All the major real news websites are getting all these really great funny stories and there’s confusion in the marketplace that is diluting our brand.”

The Onion’s legal filing also notes that polls indicate that some of the Tea Party candidates running will actually win their election bids on Tuesday. This could inspire more individuals who would previously have been considered unsuitable to run for public office to throw their hats in the ring for 2012 causing The Onion further difficulties generating story ideas during the major Presidential election season.

Banks adds, “It was bad enough when the Republican party started generating truly stranger-than-fiction stories with Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber and Michael Steele, but this is getting out of hand. It may be spreading to celebrities too. What’s all this with Randy Quaid and ‘star whackers’? Unreal.”
November 1, 2010 · Read full story · Comments { 0 }
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