‘Onion’ writer’s routinely recycled mass-shooting headline hits close to home
‘When I wrote this headline, I had no idea it would be applied to the high school a mile from my house.’ Jason Roeder, former Onion writer
After every mass shooting since 2014 satirical news outlet “The Onion” repeats this story with the headline: “‘No way to prevent this,’ says only nation where this regularly happens.”
‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens https://t.co/AiYGBQLaGW pic.twitter.com/Zr0X8qcDqJ
— The Onion (@TheOnion) February 14, 2018
Wednesday’s deadly high school shooting in Broward County, Fla., in which at least 17 students and adults were killed and many more injured, brought the violence home for Jason Roeder, who can claim that headline.
When I wrote this headline, I had no idea it would be applied to the high school a mile from my house. https://t.co/Vm1jCaiugo
— Jason Roeder (@jasonroeder) February 15, 2018
The Onion simply freshens the date, location and number of casualties as the site reruns its bit of social commentary.
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