Following up on this post, I want to point out a much, much better Onion article essentially taking aim at the same folks.
WASHINGTON—Tempers in the crowd ran high Monday during a massive rally at the nation’s capital aimed at provoking tempers in the crowd to run high. “There is a palpable sense of anger within the American voting public today,” media correspondent Janet Hargrove said of the event, which played on such base human emotions as ignorance, fear, and xenophobia to give the impression of a palpable sense of anger within the American voting public today. “It’s almost as if thousands of people came to this rally with the intention of being angered, and then were.” When asked later about their rage, people at the rally were unable to pinpoint its cause, but expressed a vague desire to “take back America.”
This is how the Onion does its best work. In 120 efficient words, they state literally the main purpose of events like Glenn Beck’s rally (stoking anger) and also tweak the ways in which the media talk about such events. This is much more intelligent and effective satire than calling Glenn Beck a piece of shit. I’m also particularly glad they used the words ‘palpable.’