SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Conservative bias has trickled all the way down to spoofs and satire, according to a study conducted by the San Francisco Onion over the past few months.
Results seem to indicate it's okay to make fun of Michael Jackson at The Spoof; in fact, it's more than okay - it's encouraged. President Obama and sit-down comedian Rush Limbaugh too are fair game.
Writers at the site are also freely invited to make fun of Miley Cyrus, Al Franken, Susan Boyle, Simon Cowell, Carrie Prejean, Adam Lambert, Ahmadinejad, Chris Brown, Gordon Brown, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Di (okay, maybe not Princess Di), as well as conservatives, liberals, midgets, rednecks, lesbians, fags, astronauts, vegetarians, cowboys, Somali pirates, even each other.
In short, the study would seem to indicate it's perfectly okay to make fun of people. Also known as human beings. Especially if it's sensationalist, inflammatory, slanderous, and mean-spirited.
But you've got to be pretty sneaky to make fun of a corporation. Put something too close to a company's real name in an article, and all of a sudden you find it posted with replacements like "car manufacturer" or "fizzy drinks company," even if it takes the teeth out of your story. Resubmit it with the real company name again, and you're likely to get an e-mail encouraging you "get back in line."
"I can imply that a 17-year-old actor is hooked on steroids, or that a woman is performing fellatio on a recently deceased man, but I can't even spell Wall*Mart with only one L or MacDonald's without that first A," said the SFO's founder. "If that's not a conservative bias, I don't know what is."
The SFO urged the The Spoof's editor to grow a proper pair, stand up to "the man," and let Freedom of Speech ring throughout the site by giving aspiring writers of serious satire their teeth back.