The Onion’s President & CEO Steve Hannah at 2012 Banff World Media Festival

Steve Hannah, President & CEO of The Onion gave a very different presentation at 2012 Banff World Media Festival.Here is a sample, hope you enjoy it.

Here is his official Banff bio,

“Steve Hannah
President & CEO
The Onion
Had it not been for an incredible stretch of bad luck and an unfortunate series of largely unsubstantiated mishaps that resulted in a half dozen felony convictions, Steve Hannah would most likely be President of the United States today.

Instead, much to the eternal chagrin of his late mother, for the past seven years he has been President & CEO of The Onion: America’s Finest News Source and Relentless Self-Promoter.

Embarassing, really.

Nevertheless, The Onion is a multi-platform (VC’s like people who talk like that, right?) media company that reports the news to a largely gullible public in print (newspapers and magazines), on a strange thing called the Internet (10 million unique visitors), on all manner of mobile devices, by way of exceedingly fancy apps, via web video (its Onion News Network has collected more Webbys than any other legitimate news organization and in 2009 won the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting along with Saturday Night Live and Sixty Minutes) and most recently on television, where its Onion Sports Network debuted on Comedy Central and the Onion News Network show (and was renewed) launched on IFC.

Today, the Onion and its subsidiary organizations constitute the biggest, scariest, most powerful, most omniscient, most virulent, most vindictive news gathering organization in the world. For example, if he chose to do so-which he would not because he has learned to use his influence judiciously-he could wreck every single one of your personal and professional lives.

But, not to worry, if you treat him with the deference he so richly deserves, this whole thing will go just fine today.

While Steve Hannah has personally had little if anything to do with actually creating the Onion’s outstanding array of media products, he is justifiably proud that The Onion is bigger than Rupert Murdoch’s piddling little print and broadcast empire, dwarfs that shrimpy network CBS and reaches more people in more countries than that bullshit operation called CNN.

As for his personal profile, Mr. Hannah was born in a small town in upstate New York, did his undergraduate work at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., and was a half-assed graduate fellow (it was the pubs) in Literature and Drama at University College, Dublin, Ireland. He has spent most of his terribly accomplished professional life in media, working for CBS News, Wisconsin Public Television, The Record (New Jersey), The Milwaukee Journal (Executive Editor) and, most likely his last stop, The Onion.

Of all the fine media institutions he has worked for, he is most proud of his association with The Onion because it’s really smart and funny.

He more or less divides his precious time between Chicago and New York and a really cool cabin a stone’s throw from that egomaniac Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio on the Wisconsin River near Madison, Wis., best known as birthplace of The Onion.”

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