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"Ehrliche Nachrichten seit 1845" German 

Der Postillon is a satirical online newspaper launched in 2008 and can best be described as Germany's equivalent to The Onion, its symbol is a coach horn. Since 2014, there also exists a derivative news show "Postillon24" that's meanwhile been syndicated to public broadcasters and also airs on Extra 3 sometimes.

Der Postillon Embodies And Parodies Following Tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Timmy's parents at a time
  • Captain Obvious: Many articles aren't really news, but rather self-evident.
  • Children Are Innocent: Poor little Timmy
  • Crazy Survivalist: "Man in bunker demands a harder Western stance against Putin"
  • Dead Baby Comedy: "Sensation at swimming pool: Timmy has been diving for over five minutes"
  • Hollywood Midlife Crisis: "Little Timmy suffers starting-life crisis"
  • Irony: "Teenager wants to quit smoking if he finds himself gotten addicted to it"
  • Kids Are Cruel:
    • "Survey among classmates finds that Timmy stinks"
    • "Timmy yet not found after five hours playing hide-and-seek"
    • "That's how integration works: German and Turk children bully Timmy together"
  • Lies to Children:
    • "Timmy wonders why his parents got so nice after a lately visit to the doctor"
    • "Timmy no longer finds his rabbit after a nice Easter roast"
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  • Mars-and-Venus Gender Contrast: "Crossbreed of man and woman succeeded"
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: "Youngest human of the world born"
  • Pedophile Priest: "Timmy wrongly accuses Father [at boarding school]"
  • Poe's Law:
    • When real news about a transfer of Minister of Chancellory Ronald Pofalla to Deutsche Bahn came up, Der Postillon just copied it and dated it to one day prior, fooling people into believing that mainstream media were fooled by Der Postillon.
    • After Brazil losing 1-7 against Germany, Russian news sites were gullible enough to take the news "Bartender broke as he promised 10% off for every German goal against Brazil" at face value. Some followers argued that fun stops with the Russians when it comes to alcohol.
  • Released to Elsewhere: "Timmy is happy that his dog is allowed to get to the rainbow land"
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  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Invoked with "Millions of German to protest toll plans by doing motorcades tonight" was an article from July 8, 2014. The motorcades actually happened, but rather due to Germany winning 7-1 against Brazil at the FIFA World Cup.
  • Running Gag: The stock character "Little Timmy (9)" exemplifies many tropes, often implying him getting bullying by his age mates and hated by his parents alike.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In "Galactic Empire desires to buy Death Star from German production"
  • War On Straw: Man trying to see Ukraine Crisis objectively is Putin apologist and NATO war-mongerer at the same time
  • Worst Aid: "American expert for nuclear security sent to Japan", advertisting Homer as the perfect man as nobody had lived though more meltdowns than him.

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