‘The Onion’s’ CNN Article Draws Response from Network’s Meredith Artley Over Miley Cyrus
‘The Onion’s’ CNN Article Draws Response from Network’s Meredith Artley Over Miley Cyrus

A fake CNN opinion piece published by satirical news company The Onion drew a Twitter response from Meredith Artley, the managing director of CNN Digital.

The satirical Onion article in question, “Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning,” got more than 15,000 “likes” on Facebook, and was falsely penned by Artley.

“It’s a good question. And the answer is pretty simple. It was an attempt to get you to click on CNN.com so that we could drive up our web traffic, which in turn would allow us to increase our advertising revenue,” the Onion article wrote, in trying to explain why CNN led with a Miley Cyrus article about her controversial performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night.

“There was nothing, and I mean nothing, about that story that related to the important news of the day, the chronicling of significant human events, or the idea that journalism itself can be a force for positive change in the world. For Christ’s sake, there was an accompanying story with the headline ‘Miley’s Shocking Moves.’ In fact, putting that story front and center was actually doing, if anything, a disservice to the public,” wrote the Onion article before linking to the CNN piece at the bottom of the page.

Artley went on Twitter and responded to the Onion article. “To clarify, I did not write this … But I accept all compliments and deny all accusations. Tx for the page views,” she wrote.

“@socialnerdia @TheOnion I’m reading it as more of a joke than something to call the legal team about,” she wrote, adding that she “is real. Although I wish they would have used a better headshot.”


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  • Jordan

    Hi, good article. By the way, typo in the first word. Should be “A fake”, not “An fake”. Thanks!

  • rushthis

    So, explain why CNN stinks.

  • Ben_Chasteen

    So everyone complains that news has become trashy yet as you can see being the biggest story yesterday online, people love their trash. Hey everyone did you know hundreds were killed in Syria and in China? I know, I know, what happen at the VMA is sooooo much more important. And I guess CNN thought so too.

    • Martin Danger

      Whether you like the what the numbers say about society or you don’t – that doesn’t change what the numbers say. Don’t get human nature (evolved over thousands of years) mixed up with people’s real opinions. If I put a flashy colorful cartoon in front of you next to a page with text, you’ll go to the cartoon – simply an evolved response to first respond to what looks most dangerous/ advantageous.

  • http://xcapedcat.com Barryck R

    And Artley gets thousands on followers now :(

  • okItsMe

    Many vids on Google’s we indoctrinate YouTube are reactions to ONN skits as though they are actually real news reports. We need more fluoride in our cheerios please – and a side of ASP/aspartame in our all natural GMOs – and Weed and Ammo and “Rockstar Games” & “Music” – Americans loss of inhibition is also the loss of most Americans self-control – Thanks 60’s – let’s bring the 60’s back with large Fests and Fairs and publications and posters and slogans – cast votes on one word ideals (aimed at their introversion for agreement rather than the extroversions of the candidate) – the 60’s transformed America into a chemically addicted, self/mind/brain/human worshipping, introverted, antichristian, individually controllable, communal thinking (yet communist denying), mass of people that believes anyone that isn’t under the spell of themselves or their masters needs to be taken out. Thanks CIA (creators & distributors of LSD)…

  • Mith Randir

    PARODY. Don’t bother consulting the legal team, there’s nothing they can do. It was a “joke” and the joke was on you dum-dum.

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