There's a reason The Onion is The Onion.
Over the past few weeks, the online version of the brilliantly satirical publication has been quietly slipping stories into its "News Briefs" section which detail President Bush undergoing one form of physical torture or another. The newest one, published today, describes an incident (fake of course) in which Bush's tie gets caught in the trunk of the presidential limo and he's dragged behind the motorcade for 15 minutes.
The best part of this?
There's no punchline.
"KANSAS CITY, MO--President Bush sustained serious head injuries, massive internal bleeding, and a broken left leg Monday morning after being accidentally dragged behind the presidential motorcade for a period of 15 minutes. According to Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan, Bush's necktie became caught in the trunk of the motorcade's second vehicle at 4:13 p.m., shortly before the driver accelerated. The president was dragged down 175th Street for 26 blocks and through four stoplights, leaving a trail of blood more than a mile long. Upon hearing shouts emanating from behind his vehicle, the driver abruptly applied the brakes, causing the third car in the motorcade to run over the president's left leg at a speed of approximately 25 miles per hour. President Bush is resting comfortably in Bethesda Naval Hospital."
This follows other recent Onion stories which have Bush falling down the stairs of the Washington Monument, getting his arm bitten off by a crocodile, and passing a three-pound kidney stone.
Needless to say, the debate has already begun: Does this go too far? Is it hilarious or so black that it's out of line?
Feel free to weigh in.
I'm pretty sure you know where I stand, but in case it's not glaringly obvious: Genius.