Eat The Press


Today the WSJ reports on the soon-to-be-launching Onion News Network, which in the promo to the left promises "April 2007" but the WSJ reports is launching on Tuesday. ONN will "parody the visual style and breathless reporting of 24-hour cable news networks like CNN" but in truth, judging by the promo, actually looks slicker and edgier, with less screaming graphics. The WSJ breaks it down:

Initially, ONN will offer two short video segments per week, a number that will grow, according to Sean Mills, president of Onion Inc. The videos, available at and as free podcasts on iTunes, will include fake breaking-news segments, fake investigative pieces, fake public service announcements and feeds from a C-SPAN parody called "O-SPAN."

O-SPAN sounds sort of awesome, we will admit.

Smartly, the Onion is leaping into the giant Sunday-show breach, which are ripe for parody; the WSJ reports that there will be rountable-style segments (with topics like "Should America build a moat?" which is funny until you remember that whole border fence thing). Other than HBO's planned "The Gaggle" the hipped up Sunday morning-style show format has been woefully underutilized.

Will people watch though? Probably; it's the Onion, and they have been doing it right for years. Still, we're witnessing an explosion of news-based comedic content to the web right now, with an emphasis on video: Comedy Central is getting its act together online (finally!), plus there's AOL/HBO's This Just In, Turner Broadcasting's Superdeluxe, plus IAC's planned comedy site, to launch, er, soon (Disclosure: It's HuffPo-partnered.) Never mind College Humor, the National Lampoon sites and other sites currently in development as well (HBO's Take Two featuring UCB's Jessica St. Clair ("The Showbiz Show," For Your Consideration) springs to mind). They may be right — you may never read again. With all that online video to watch, who will have time?

Media Blogroll


Romenesko Gawker TVNewser Wonkette Crooks & Liars CJR Daily Drudge Dealbreaker Dealbook Defamer Deadline Hollywood Daily Mickey Kaus Jeff Jarvis Radosh James Wolcott IWantMedia The Slot Bloggermann Jake Tapper Blogging Baghdad Russert Watch Jossip Mediabistro The Media Mob at the NY Observer The Transom FishbowlNY FishbowlDC FishbowlLA GalleyCat Reference Tone Panopticist The Minor Fall, The Major Lift Penguins On the Equator Gelf Magazine- Gelflog Animal (New York) White House Press Briefings Altercation
Page Six Liz & Cindy NYDN Gossip Intelligencer Reliable Source Patrick McMullan


Jack Shafer Howard Kurtz WWD Memo Pad NYO Off The Record Broadsheet Gail Shister Keith Kelly NYT Business/Media Jay Rosen’s PressThink Fine on Media Simon Dumenco’s Media Guy Jon Friedman Media Matters The Guardian (Media) NRO Media Blog Columbia Journalism Review On The Media The Public Eye The Daily Nightly Today’s Papers Regret the Error Dan Froomkin David Folkenflik


Slate Salon New York Magazine The New Yorker The New York Review of Books The New Republic The Nation Harper’s The Atlantic Monthly The Virginia Quarterly Review Vanity Fair Esquire n+1 The Believer


The New York Times The Washington Post The New York Observer The LA Times Time Newsweek US News & World Report Wall Street Journal Editor & Publisher NY Daily News NY Post USA Today NY Sun Times of London Financial Times The Smoking Gun McClatchy
NBC ABC CBS CNN Fox News MSNBC NPR Air America BBC C-SPAN Al Jazeera
AdAge Broadcasting & Cable MediaPost MediaWeek Variety Entertainment Weekly Folio:
HuffPo Home