October 25, 2005

White House Vs. Onion

I have a special fondness for the satirical newspaper THE ONION because it started in Madison, Wisconsin, my old stomping ground, and because one of my sons (Agent 81, if you must know) has done some editing for them, and because a couple of his best childhood friends are writers for the publication. So I was alarmed to read today that the White House is trying to force THE ONION to stop using the presidential seal in its regular parody of Bush's weekly radio address.

"It has come to my attention that The Onion is using the presidential seal on its Web site," Grant M. Dixton, associate counsel to the president, wrote to The Onion on Sept. 28. (At the time, Mr. Dixton's office was also helping Mr. Bush find a Supreme Court nominee; days later his boss, Harriet E. Miers, was nominated.)

Citing the United States Code, Mr. Dixton wrote that the seal "is not to be used in connection with commercial ventures or products in any way that suggests presidential support or endorsement."

Read more here.

And for your sanity's sake always read THE ONION!