Report: White House Battles The Onion Radio News
October 25, 2005 at 1:45 PM (PT)
While the WHITE HOUSE continues to devote numerous hours and its collective brain power to fighting the war on terrorism, solving our problems in IRAQ, restructuring FEMA, pushing the HARRIET MIERS nomination to the Supreme Court through the Senate, etc., it is reassuring to know that the upper-most levels of our government can still take time to protect its citizens from the growing threat of … satire.
Yes, the NEW YORK TIMES reports that GRANT M. DIXON, associate counsel to President BUSH, has sent newspaper satirists THE ONION a letter requesting that they cease utilizing the presidential seal on their website, www.theonion.com, because, DIXON wrote, the seal “is not to be used in connection with commercial ventures or products in any way that suggests presidential support or endorsement." THE ONION regularly delivers a parody of BUSH’s weekly radio address, and when offering said parody, the site utilizes a picture of BUSH and the presidential seal.
For more on the story, check out the NEW YORK TIMES coverage by clicking here.
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