25 October, 2005

Excellent choice of battles, Madame!

White House Orders Satirical Paper 'The Onion' to Stop Using Presidential Seal

By E&P Staff

Published: October 24, 2005 2:25 PM ET

NEW YORK Despite White House spokesman Trent Duffy's admission to New York Times reporter Katharine Q. Seelye that "more than one Bush staffer reads The Onion and enjoys it thoroughly," the White House is seeking to stop the satirical paper from using the presidential seal on its Web site.

Seelye's seal scoop, printed in Monday's paper, reveals that associate counsel to the president Grant M. Dixton sent a letter to the Onion on Sept. 28 stating that the seal "is not to be used in connection with commercial ventures or products in any way that suggests presidential support or endorsement."

The newspaper parodies President Bush's weekly radio address on its Web site, accompanied by a picture of President Bush and the official insignia.
Sure, the letter is signed by Grant M. Dixton, "Associate Counsel to the President." But who would be his boss? Hmm -- Counsel to the President -- where have I heard that title before?

You gotta love the nominee who goes after the frickin Onion on the eve of her confirmation hearings. That is a class act. A class in, how do you say, "doh!"

Seal added per Hugo Zoom's clever suggestion. This website is endorsed and sponsored by the White House. The nice white house at 87 Montague Road.


Hi Hedgehog,

Why does truth have to be more absurd than making stuff up? If the Onion ran a story about how the gummint was trying to get them to stop using the presidential seal, wouldn't we laugh about it? If every blogger out there decided to hotlink to the presidential seal would we all go to jail? Hell, will I go to jail for even suggesting it? 

Posted by Jonathan Versen("Hugo Zoom")

Everyone should listen to those Weekly Radio Address bits, by the way. I think they're the funniest thing the Onion has done in years. The one where George Bush gets captured by terrorists almost made me die. 

Posted by saurabh

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