Humor pub The Onion tricks the New York Times

By Kase Wickman
Sunday, April 24, 2011 16:51 EDT
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The New York Times has run many a correction in its more than century and a half run, but it’s doubtful many have been as cringe-worthy as one that ran atop the corrections list in Sunday’s edition of the paper.

It reads:

A series of pictures last Sunday of covers of the magazine Tiger Beat, with an article about how the original teen-girl tabloid has remained virtually unchanged since its inception in 1965, erroneously included a parody cover, produced by the satiric newspaper The Onion, that featured a picture of President Obama.

Indeed, in the April 16, 2011 edition of The Week in Review feature detailing the history of teen pop culture magazine Tiger Beat, Jon Caramanica mistakenly referenced a fake Obama cover, and art of the parody cover ran alongside the article in print.

The Onion ran the fake cover — featuring the then-presidential candidate with the caption “Barack: ‘I sing in the shower!’ +More personal facts!” — in June 2007, with a satirical article headlined, “Barack Obama Tiger Beat Cover Clinches Slumber Party Vote.”

See the fake cover art at The Onion. The Onion is a free weekly online and print humor and satire newspaper.

Creative Commons image via flickr user DaveBleasdale

Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
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