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EP 318: Founder of "The Onion" Scott Dikkers

As the founder of The Onion, Scott Dikkers practically invented "fake news." He discusses the origins of the satirical news site as a print newspaper on college campuses, how they drew inspiration from National Lampoon and Spy Magazine, and the article about Bill Clinton and the War in Bosnia that prompted The Onion to finally go online. He recalls creating cable news parodies with a young Stephen Colbert on the Dana Carvey Show, how The Onion fooled Mahmud Ahmadenijad, and the article that led Donald Trump to threaten to sue. Then Scott shares why he’s turning his sharp wit on billionaire Elon Musk in his new book Welcome to the Future Which Is Mine.

Order Welcome to the Future Which Is Mine on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold. Read the latest sidesplitting headlines on The Onion at, and keep up with Scott at or on Twitter at @ScottDikkers. Today's episode was sponsored by Heineken.

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