The Onion published its final print edition Dec. 12, "lauding" the power of print media across its front page while forecasting digital media's rise "still another 70 or 80 years away."
Onion vice chairman Douglas Siegfried Zweibel released a statement noting that Onion print revenues accounted for nearly 45% of national GDP this year, making the paper the "vanguard of the burgeoning Print Media Revolution."
Zeibel declared that that Onion print edition " shall never die, shall never be rendered obsolete, shall never fall prey to a sudden and irreversible shift in the global media marketplace, and shall always be there, every week, until humanity itself has, God willing, passed from the cosmos."
The satirical newspaper's final main story touts the paper's 5,000% jump in print revenues, while every story, including the weather box, pumps up newspapers and print media.
The Chicago-based Onion, which had curbed print distribution to only three cities from a height of 17, said last month that it would cut its print edition after a 25-year run, citing ad declines, in a bid to concentrate on its digital properties.