EXCLUSIVE: Inside ‘The Onion’ pre-Oscar editorial meeting

(Photo: Rock Center with Brain Williams)

Two weeks before the 85th Academy Awards, Rock Center’s Harry Smith sat in during an “Onion” editorial meeting where they brainstormed content for Oscar night. The staff discussed several possible headlines and mentioned nine-year-old “Beasts of the Southern Wild” actress Quvenzhané Wallis. During the awards, Wallis was the butte of a controversial joke tweeted by “The Onion.”

Read the complete story and watch Harry Smith’s full report tonight, March 1 at 10PM/9C on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.

Onion’s Obama-Ahmadinejad ‘poll’ cited as fact in Iran

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A joke by the satirical website The Onion appears to have gotten lost in translation.

An Iranian news agency picked up — as fact — a story from the paper about a supposed Gallup survey showing an overwhelming majority of rural white Americans would rather vote for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than President Barack Obama. But it was made up, like everything in the just-for-laughs newspaper, which is headquartered in Chicago.

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