Earlier today IFC held a lunch to celebrate the launch of its own cable news operation, The Onion News Network.
Anchors “Brooke Alvarez” (played by former Fox News Channel anchor Suzanne Sena). “Tucker Hope” (played by Todd Alan Crain), “Jim Haggerty” (Brad Holbrook) and Tracy Gill (Tracy Toth) appeared in a panel discussion moderated by Jonathan Alter, and also spoke to media reporters–in character–about the fake news show.
“On behalf of our entire news team, I just wanted to say thank you to our competitors at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC,” said ONN executive producer Will Graham at the start of the lunch. “They really set the bar so high, whether it is making their graphics swooshier, or doing more and more coverage of missing teen girls every day, we wouldn’t have the inspiration that keeps driving us. Thank you to them, and just know that we will never misinform the public as much as they do.”
The program takes the format of cable news, and uses it to push outlandish stories… albeit stories with a grain of truth. For example, coverage of nasty winter weather comes with the splashy chyron: “SNOWLOCAUST:”