When Vox.com published a “puppet comfort level” for well-known political figures, Twitter ignited, asking the question “are they serious?”
It’s true. Vox, whose tagline is “explaining the news,” published 921 words last Thursday about “which politician looks the most comfortable with puppets?”
And then tweeted proudly about it.
— Vox (@voxdotcom) March 16, 2015
After being criticized by Politico for asking “Nerf ball” questions of President Obama last month, Vox has slid further into self-parody.
@voxdotcom ??? So now u are polling Muppets. You people need to quit hitting a bong before u write anything.
— tfox (@tfox72) March 16, 2015
Vox’s claim to ask “the toughest questions” may be in doubt.
@voxdotcom hard to believe anyone could doubt your intellectual heft.
— Edward (@US395) March 16, 2015
@voxdotcom The media puppets of our sociopathic leader are trying to do a real, hard-hitting piece. How cute! A story they can understand.
— R McCombs TX Mom (@rpmccombs) March 16, 2015
@voxdotcom really? This is an actual article? Come on people, you’re better than this. Or, well, I thought you were.
— Tom (@giantcu92) March 16, 2015
For the pre-school set, at least the article had lots of cute pictures, such as Elmo and Michelle Obama (who was given a “puppet comfort level” of 6.5 out of 10).
— Matt Smelser (@mcsmelser) March 16, 2015
Perhaps a real parody site, like The Onion, slipped into Vox’s office and planted the piece?
@Ur_Wish_Granted sounds like an Onion article
— Patrick Jones (@paddyjones09) March 16, 2015
Twitchy concludes that it wasn’t The Onion: they attribute the article’s inspiration to none other than Buzzfeed.