Is the best satirical news found at The New Republic?

Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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12 Responses

  1. Mike Schilling says:

    Deadpan humor is Communism.Report

  2. Griff says:

    Leaving TNR aside for the moment, I find it hard to disagree with the basic premise that the Daily Currant has never published anything humorous, and that we therefore would be well served to be skeptical about whether humor/satire is what it’s going for.Report

    • Tod Kelly in reply to Griff says:

      I disagree that satire needs to somehow have funny gags in order to be satire. Or to make a Stephen-Colbert-based analogy:

      The Onion is satire similar to The Colbert Report; The Daily Currant is satire similar to Colbert’s 2006 White House Correspondence Dinner speech.

      They are both (I believe) quite brilliant bits of satire, even though the former regularly gets belly laughs but no one really laughed at the latter.Report

      • Will Truman in reply to Tod Kelly says:

        I thought the piece about gluten in Portland’s water supply to be quite funny, in its own way.Report

      • Nob Akimoto in reply to Tod Kelly says:

        I don’t think you have to have gags to be satirical, but I do think you need to make some sort of interesting point to be satire, and I don’t think the Currant really does that. It feels too much like clickbait generation rather than an actual critique of anything.Report

      • Murali in reply to Tod Kelly says:

        The daily currant is fairly standard satire. And its funny. For example, the gluten article clearly is about poking fun at people who are obsessed with gluten allergy, a condition that is over-diagnosed in the US.Report

      • Murali in reply to Tod Kelly says:

        Let’s just look at a rundown of the headlines presented in the daily currant and then ask ourselves how anybody could not take them as something other than satire.

        Unemployed Gender Studies Major Sues ‘The Patriarchy’

        Donald Sterling Hiding Cash in Minority Neighboorhoods

        Gluten Found in Portland’s Water Supply

        Nation Dying of Obesity Calls for Stricter Gun Control

        9/11 Museum to Host Exclusive Dance Party

        Obama Pledges $700 Billion Bailout of VA

        Mitch McConnell Brings Rifle to ‘Larry the Cable Guy’ Show

        China Hires NYPD to Advise on Repressing Protests

        Dartmouth Expels White Student For Wearing Sombrero

        Christian Boy Dies For 3 Minutes, Meets Allah in Heaven

        Santorum Listed as ‘Bisexual’ on OKCupid Profile

        Study Links Homosexuality to Eating Grits

        There is nothing subtle about the stuff they write.Report

      • Tod Kelly in reply to Tod Kelly says:

        Further, how can you read those and think the Currant isn’t funny?

        Any one of those could have been an Onion headline.Report

      • Vikram Bath in reply to Tod Kelly says:

        Thanks. That was very useful. From TNR piece, I would have thought *all * their pieces were intended as trickery. It seems that was misleading.Report

  3. swearyanthony says:

    Someone in TNR is complaining about fake news? Come on. Their 2002-2003 archives are still online, have they so short a memory? “Iraq who?”Report

  4. Vikram Bath says:

    I can’t help but wonder if The Daily Currant’s humor is manifested within its readers.Report

  5. Damon says:

    Actually, I took this as an slam against the current method of “journalism”. What’s fact checked anymore? Get a press release from somewhere….rewrite it. No research, no fact checking, no challenges to the POV, no hard questions.

    And you need a journalism degree from Columbia to do that shit?Report