While every major news outlet in America is covering the Republican National Convention in Cleveland as a way to frame the national debate around vital issues that face America, Stephen Colbert and The Onion will use comedy as a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.
Of course, in this bizarro election year, it might be hard to tell the satire from the real thing.
Comedian Colbert crashed the convention stage Sunday night dressed as “The Hunger Games” character Caesar Flickerman.
At the center of power at the RNC pic.twitter.com/R8kBtEI7Hq
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) July 17, 2016
“It is my honor to hereby launch and begin the 2016 Republican National Hungry-for-Power games,” Colbert said. “Look, I know I’m not supposed to be up here, but neither is Donald Trump.”
Satirical news publication The Onion said it plans to cover the conventions in a way “that you won’t be seeing on any other network — the speeches that other outlets are afraid to cover.”
“America’s Finest News Source,” as it calls itself, will have editors on the ground from Tuesday through Thursday to help provide their insights on what is going on during the GOP convention.
The farcical news outlet will also offer live coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week, along with “original video content from some of the greatest comedic minds in the world.”