I was also happy to hear about the way in which the onion goes about their work. The Onion's job is to parody the dumb trends going on in mainstream media or just culture in general, but the Onion is respectful and selective in their process of choosing their headlines. Their goal is not a structural revolution of society, but instead to draw attention to larger issues through a fresh breath of humor.
Another little itsy bitsy thing I found neat about the way the "The Onion" works is that they do the "normal process" backward. They start with headlines and then think of stories and their end product is brilliant.
Today I just felt like a laugh with the "The Onion" was exactly what I needed. Their quirky professionalism and flawless humor was fantastic.