Did "The Garlic" Knock The Spoof Offline?

Funny story written by Ralph E. Shaffer

Friday, 14 June 2019

The Spoof's Secret HQ. Somewhere in Cyberland. For the third time in a week, The Spoof was again offline for nearly two days, keeping anxious readers from their favorite writers and fake news of the day. While previous outages had been attributed to the Russians and Trump, word is spreading among the top writers that Spoof's also-ran competitor, The Garlic, has been responsible for the outages.

Several top Spoof writers have been approached surreptitiously by agents, thought to be from The Garlic, who have urged the writers to leave The Spoof for a position on an unnamed online humor/satire newspaper. Although the writers have been reluctant to talk about the recruiting effort, all agree that the major obstacle to their joining The Garlic would be giving up the generous pay and retirement benefits they have at The Spoof.

Monty Ward, for years a leading Spoof writer, is nearing retirement. "I can't risk the loss of my fabulous Spoof pension just for a chance to write for The Garlic," Ward told his editors at The Spoof. "Now, if it had been the New York Times or Washington Post, whose news stories are more akin to the fake news in The Spoof, I might be interested."

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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