Aaron Presley

Tragedy December 14, 2012

This section of The Onion article rang particularly powerful for me:

Americans reported feelings of overwhelming disgust with whatever abhorrent bastard did this and with the world at large for ever allowing it to happen, as well as with politicians, with the NRA, and above all with their own pathetic goddamn selves, sitting in front of a fucking computer instead of doing fucking anything to help anyone - Christ, as if that were even fucking possible, as if anyone could change what happened, as if the same fucking bullshit isn't going to keep happening again and again and fucking again before people finally decide it's time to change the way we live, so what's the point? What the hell is the goddamned point?

The Onion has a way of articulating the stunned shock of its readers in the wake of a tragedy. It's angry and honest and helpless in a way that's unique from all of the other "real" news organizations.

Similarly, they wrote an article titled "Not Knowing What Else To Do, Woman Bakes American-Flag Cake" after the September 11 attacks that I still make a point to read every now and then.