WINOOSKI – Vermont’s premiere local satire site The Winooski released a statement this week, attempting to assure its readers that there was absolutely no connection between satirical online articles and the large outbreak of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Winooski this week. Staff say they have been deluged with calls and e-mails asking if the Winooski outbreak was related to The Winooski.
“I get it,” said founder and editor Adam Hall. “My inbox got flooded as well. I, like many of you I’m sure, have a Google alert set to inform me whenever there is an important article mentioning The Winooski. And yes, it mostly picks up serious news articles that feature “the Winooski River.” But once in a while it does ping me with something satire-related. But this week I’m getting swamped with notifications, saying that “The Winooski” is in the news, but I want to assure readers that there is a significant difference between “The Winooski Outbreak” and our site.”
Readers were further confused, due to a recent satire article published by The Winooski itself, saying that Covid-19 could be contracted by reading local satire sites, but Hall was quick to assure the public that, like all articles published by his site, this was pure nonsense. The site is not encouraging readers to wear face masks while reading their articles, although Hall says it probably wouldn’t hurt anything.
‘”In hindsight, perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to joke that readers could get Coronavirus from us, just weeks before their inboxes were overrun with articles saying that the Winooski outbreak is spreading,” Hall admitted. “I’d like to assure our readers that we will be much more careful in the future. Yes, I’d like that a lot. Oh, how I’d love to do that. You have no idea.”