Readers loved The Onion's 9/11 issue, even though it wasn't that funny

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Dylan Stableford talks to Onion writer John Krewson about the satirical newspaper's legendary 9/11 issue, which came out a couple of weeks after the terrorist attacks. The Onion was supposed to have published its first issue in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, but it never went to press. The next week, the staff gathered to plan its next issue. "We knew we wouldn't be able to ignore what had happened, but it was hard to make any sort of comedy," Krewson says. Although the staff wasn't sure how the issue would be received, the response was overwhelmingly positive. "I'd say it was the least funny issue we've ever done," Krewson says. "But it was cathartic." Among the memorable stories in the 9/11 issue:

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Correction: This post originally stated that the Sept. 11, 2001, issue was The Onion's first. It was to be the first one in New York.

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    Steve Myers was the managing editor of until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.


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