Does N+O columnist Marc Landry really work for “The Onion”?

One of the funnier features on the popular Onion news parody site is the editorial cartoon. Ostensibly drawn by a grouchy cartoonist, the cartoon supposedly takes aim at often progressive or mainstream topics with what the fictional cartoonist clearly imagines are blistering takedowns. The joke is that the commentary in the cartoon is so over the top that the fictional cartoonist is the one who the reader ends up being amused by in the end.

I imagine this sort of complex ironical humor on current events is rare and difficult to do but I can’t help  thinking that new “conservative-slot” columnist for the News and Observer, Marc Landry, is a practitioner of this particular brand of editorial comment that makes fun of its own author because it is so clearly over the top.  How else to take today’s piece where he posits not only that drinking and driving really isn’t such a big deal but how outrageous it is we are spending tax dollars to enforce the law. This follows his column where he criticized the Affordable Care Act as unworkable and terrible for the country because other countries in the world with single-payer health systems are delivering much better care at a cheaper cost. To cap it all off, he also argued recently that because he was in good health he shouldn’t have to buy health coverage – after all he could always get care in the emergency room for free.


  1. Jasmine

    September 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I’m sensing a bit of libertarianism from Marc.

    I do think he brings up some food for thought, unintentionally. Where could we be if these “life” impacting industries didn’t “bank” on the knowledge that people will need healthcare to continue living a comfortable life? I mean outcomes could be very different if healthcare and insurance were not about making extra money but were instead about actually improving lives.

    But for profit bottom lines, make it easier to “claim” that the organizations are corrupt enough to exaggerate problems to waste money. And then once he has set the stage for that logic, he can jump to conclusions that statistics are misrepresentative of reality since they do not fit his limited experiential scope. He ended with problems should go ignored so that he wont be inconvenienced personally.

    One things seems for sure, Marc Landry is self-concerned. Unless people are living Marc Landy’s life they probably wont benefit from finding wisdom in his writing.

  2. Gene Hoglan

    September 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Landry is a fictional character created by the N&O staff to discredit libertarianism. No way McClatchy would pluck some random idiot who constantly writes letters to the editor and give him column space, which is the story they’re peddling on his hiring.

    I think they went a little too far with this latest gag column though. The key to good satire is to keep it just subtle enough to fool less sophisticated readers.

  3. Jeff Snavely

    September 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    The ACA is NOT a single-payer system. It’s a failure of a plan in which the government sold us out to insurance companies.

    I’m all for true socialized medicine (or single-payer if you insist on using code). This is not it and was not a step in the right direction. There are no steps, the only way to get there is to throw it out and start over.

    Sadly, had he actually proposed coverage for EVERYONE, a large percentage of his opposition, being middle class and below conservatives, would not be complaining. They know they got screwed and a couple of useful changes to insurance regulations don’t make up for it.

  4. Adam Searing

    September 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Yeah, I’m not sure that the libertarians want to claim him – fictional or not!

  5. thepaulatics

    September 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Just this morning, I emailed the N&O to say that thanks to the Landry column, I could read the paper faster.

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