Adrian Chen made a good catch today at Gawker, noting that the Onion tragicomically had to update the tragicomic story it posted yesterday “Nation Celebrates Full Week Without Deadly Mass Shooting.”
Within hours of today’s mass shooting* at the Empire State Building, the story was revised with the subhead “UPDATE: Never mind” and appended within an account of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano telling a celebrating crowd in Times Square “You know what, forget it. There was another one about 20 blocks from here. So, party’s over. Sorry.”
Ironically/ominously (ironimously?), the original story had ended with the warning: “At press time, federal authorities had issued a reminder to all Americans that a lot can happen in 24 hours, ‘so let’s not get too excited yet.'”
* UPDATE: Never mind… It appears that the ESB shooting, while mass, was not the work of a mass-murdering psychopath, but rather the NYPD response to a shooter who murdered his former boss. Whether that’s better or worse is a topic I’ll leave to the comments section.