The Onion – Bias and Credibility

The Onion - Satire - Bias


These sources exclusively use humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. Primarily these sources are clear that they are satire and do not attempt to deceive.  See all Satire sources.

  • Overall, The Onion is a satire website and the most popular on the internet.

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: SATIRE
Factual Reporting: N/A
Country: USA
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: N/A


Founded in 1988, The Onion is an American satirical digital media company and newspaper organization that publishes articles on international, national, and local news. Based in Chicago, the company originated as a weekly print publication on August 29, 1988, in Madison, Wisconsin. In the spring of 1996, The Onion began publishing online. In 2013, The Onion stopped publishing the print edition. The Onion also runs The A.V. Club and ClickHole.

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Funded by / Ownership

The Onion is owned by the Onion, Inc, with Univision buying a 40% stake in 2013.  They generate revenue through online advertising.

Analysis / Bias

The Onion produces satirical articles based on stories that might seem real and sometimes are mistaken as real. A typical headline read like this: MTA Unveils New Designated Seating For Commuters Who Look Like They’re About To Snap. The Onion also pokes fun at both Republicans and Democrats.

Overall, The Onion is a satire website and the most popular on the internet. (D. Van Zandt 7/21/2016) Updated (08/17/2022)


Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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