Top Contributor for Hillary Clinton Now Controls The Onion


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Top Contributor for Hillary Clinton Now Controls The Onion

Univision Communications co-owner and chairman, Haim Saban, Hillary Clinton’s biggest financial supporter, purchased about 40% of The Onion’s stock shares. He has donated over $2 million to her campaign so far. The Onion is a well recognized satirical news source that creates humorous stories based on current events. It’s website mocks news sites, like The New York Times or Vox, with its homepage containing realistic beats that all contain false, but funny stories.
Meanwhile, Univision Communications is an American-Spanish company that owns Univision, Fusion and The Root.
So what would Univision want with a fake news outlet?

According to David Folkenflik, a media correspondent for NPR, this buyout offers more stability for the struggling company. It’s no news that The Onion has seen some financial problems.
Due to the struggle within the print media industry, they had to cut their print edition entirely in November 2013. The Onion has also moved from New York to Chicago. The company put itself up for sale some time back in 2014.
“Univision gets about 40 percent in controlling share… And it may afford it some stability and some runway to figure out the kinds of changes that have affected all those news sites it’s been satirizing,” Folkenflik said to NPR host Renee Montagne. “After all, it’s not immune from it.”

With the stability of Univision, The Onion gets to remain in Chicago at least.
Saban’s passion for the Clinton campaign runs strong. He believes she would be “great for the country and great for the world” he stated in a Business Insider interview.
Saban and his wife are avid donators for the Democratic party infrastructure and have donated over $16 million since 1989 according to Jon Swartz, a journalist for The Intercept.
Saban has generously donated $2,046,600 into a Super PAC for her campaign, and about $10 million more to the Clinton foundation, where his wife Cheryl Saban is a part of the board.
Does this mean Onion staffers will have to think twice about any Clinton story ideas? Possibly.

It would be a shame if The Onion backs off due to the new ownership. They tilt liberal of course, but they have also hit Hillary pretty hard in the past.


#2

Ugh. Ridicule is a powerful weapon against politicians of all stripes. If they back off now, that would simply be too sad. :frowning:


#3

People read the Onion precisely because it pokes fun indiscriminately. (Also, supporters of Hillary Clinton or any other major political figure, unless they’ve zombified themselves, should not be above finding the stranger or dodgier sides of them worth making fun of. In fact IMO there’s equally nothing wrong with poking fun at the Church sometimes but I suspect saying that will draw down condemnation from quarters…).

Point being that just being a significant HRC supporter doesn’t mean the new owner wants a purely anti-Republican (and I guess anti-Sanders) stance from at least now until November. A lot of people value indiscriminate satire because if we don’t question and indeed sometimes mock people in authority, we’re another step closer to totalitarianism. (And if you need proof that would-be totalitarians fear laughter more than anything, look no further than the Republican nominee, or the present leaders of say Russia, Turkey, China, or North Korea).


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You mean no more headlines like:

Hilary Clinton: If I Could Be Just Completely Honest For A Second, I Believe Exactly What You Believe

When you’re out on the campaign trail, making a succession of quick public appearances and giving brief stump speeches, it can be hard for voters to get to know your deepest, most nuanced convictions. The best policies for our nation don’t always fit into a tidy sound bite, and a candidate’s words inevitably get distorted by the media frenzy that surrounds presidential races. So let me take a moment to set the record straight once and for all and be completely honest with you about where I stand on the issues: I strongly and firmly believe all the same things you believe.

Our next president needs to be someone who’s forthright, transparent, and unafraid to speak the truth. That’s why I think it’s important to use this opportunity to be as candid as possible about my most passionately held views. When I look at the most pressing domestic and international challenges facing America today, I continue to think, as I always have, exactly what you do.

These are my core convictions. My driving principles.

Throughout my career, I have stayed true to these positions and stood like a rock. For example, I have for decades believed steadfastly in what you believe on the economy, LGBT rights, and criminal justice reform. Indeed, these fundamental beliefs were a constant guide during my years as first lady, senator, and secretary of state.

On the issue of trade, I have always held firm to whatever your view is. On national security, I have long been on the side of the issue that you’re on. And on our military interventions overseas, I have never—not even once—wavered on holding an opinion that mirrors yours. Our nation needs a strong and steady hand at the wheel, and my consistency speaks for itself.

Unfortunately, our 24-hour news cycle is full of spin and misinformation, and you may have been given a conception of what I believe that doesn’t fit the facts. If that’s the case, it’s time someone provided you with the unvarnished truth about how I’ve always put my full support behind the very same causes you support, and refuse to rest until I eradicate or reform the things you oppose. I won’t let anyone stop me from telling the voters of this country that, at this challenging and divisive moment in our country’s history, I stand for whatever it is they stand for.

Love it or hate it—I’m not going to gloss over that fact.

Maybe this kind of straight talk won’t win me any favor with the pundits on television, or anyone else inside the Beltway. But when it comes to my deepest, most heartfelt beliefs—which, again, are in perfect alignment with your deepest, most heartfelt beliefs—I’m not going to back down. I’m prepared to fight for whichever ideas you hold sacred.

My worldview, which informs every decision I make, has remained identical to that of our nation’s voters since I first started out in public service. And so I ask: Do you believe the American people are ready for a president who is willing to look them in the eye and emphatically state that she shares their thoughts precisely?

If so, I couldn’t agree with you more.

More:

theonion.com/article/elderly-voter-never-thought-shed-get-see-female-pr-53063


#5

The Onion is a well recognized satirical news source…

How can a satyre be a source for anything other than laughs? And it’s not even from The Onion… It tells more about the news media than The Onion.


#6

I strongly disagree. Satire is a gentle teaching tool.


#7

Well, Trump quotes and seems to believe the Enquirer, so why not?


#8

Fitting purchase, since I cry every time I peel an onion or listen to Hill speak.


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