Polishing the Onion
The Onion'sfirst post-9/11 issue was apparently seriously considered for a Pulitzer, but ultimately nixed because it was"too different" and"too risky."
It was brilliant, and put to bed the absurd notion (first uttered by CNN's Jeff Greenfield, I believe) that with the 3,000+ souls it took that day, al-Qaeda also killed irony, and that it simply wasn't permissible to laugh anymore.comments powered by Disqus
Jonathan Dresner - 3/24/2004
I never read the whole issue: "God's Press Conference" made the internet rounds, and should have been worth a Pulitzer pretty much on its own. But you're right. The whole issue is indeed journalism of the highest quality: incisively true, well-written, revealing and enlightening. I particularly enjoyed the Cedar Rapids Public Library Security story, as I was living in CR at the time and had some remarkably serious discussions with my students and colleagues about the relative implausibility of our town being a target anytime in the forseeable future.
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