News Satire

Why Do News Satire Spread Like Wildfire?
News satire, fake news, humor news or hoax news are types of news that are often mimic or parody of credible news source. Satirical news sites rely heavily on irony and deadpan humor, which unfortunately are increasing in acceptability and usually in virality. Twitter, the microblogging platform, while may help in disseminating important world news can often become the place where satire news are easily spread too.
Why do they spread like wildfire?
Satirical news are increasing in popularity and acceptability and unfortunately at times taken seriously. Below are just three of the main reasons why.
1. Funny
Simply put, satirical news contain humor and people who find it funny are often automatically impressed to share it wit their friends and their friends in return share it with those in their network which makes virality for these hoax news sites come easily.
2. Confirmation of what we want
Let’s face it. We love to share ideas that we agree on. Unconsciously, we may find ourselves sharing or “liking” a published and concrete expression of what we want to read, see and believe. Sometimes, its the kind of news we want to know.
3. Lazy searching
Most people that browse online do not really seek for hardcore news and simply wish to be entertained. Humor sites give them exactly what they’re looking for. People no longer see the need to verify sources but simply work on their instincts and that is to share something they love and enjoy to read. Common sense simply is not too common nowadays.
How to catch a hoax?
1. Review related articles
Determining whether a news is hoax or simply a news satire requires checking the entire site for other related articles and see the tone of writing if the site has been consistently publishing reliable or simply humor news.
2. Compare with other sources
Counter-checking the source with other sources and preferably those with related and more reliable sources will help you verify whether the news is true or not.
If a lot of people take the news seriously and deem it to be credible, you may want to refer them to more credible sources and it also helps to be aware of the Top 10 Websites for Fake News & Satire.
Be vigilant and don’t just simply believe in everything you read. Think before you share.
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Faux News: 10 Best Websites for Fake News & Satire

Let’s face it, folks, the news can be depressing. Sara covered for us the top 5 good news websites, an enchanting place where you don’t have to lock your doors at night and the world seems like a much better place.
Yup, there are plenty of positive events going on, but where would you go if you needed a break from what the mainstream media covers and just have a good laugh?
Enter the world of fake news and satire. It’s a place where fact checking isn’t needed and things like journalistic ethics and standards, objectivity, and values are simply discouraged.

The Onion

Of course, there’s The Onion. The popular Peabody Award-winning fake news organization does it best, with well-written articles and even its own astonishingly genuine-looking video broadcasts as the Onion News Network (have you seen Apple’s new MacBook Wheel?).
The Onion’s printed edition newspaper is sold in bookstores worldwide and is distributed to select U.S. cities.

Private Eye

Private Eye is kind of the British version of The Onion.
The satirical magazine’s website provides numerous columns, covers news from the U.K. and around the world, as well as fun stuff like crosswords and cartoons.




Faux News: 10 Best Websites for Fake News & Satire


Let’s face it, folks, the news can be depressing. Sara covered for us the top 5 good news websites, an enchanting place where you don’t have to lock your doors at night and the world seems like a much better place.
Yup, there are plenty of positive events going on, but where would you go if you needed a break from what the mainstream media covers and just have a good laugh?
Enter the world of fake news and satire. It’s a place where fact checking isn’t needed and things like journalistic ethics and standards, objectivity, and values are simply discouraged.

The Onion

Of course, there’s The Onion. The popular Peabody Award-winning fake news organization does it best, with well-written articles and even its own astonishingly genuine-looking video broadcasts as the Onion News Network (have you seen Apple’s new MacBook Wheel?).
The Onion’s printed edition newspaper is sold in bookstores worldwide and is distributed to select U.S. cities.

Private Eye

Private Eye is kind of the British version of The Onion.
The satirical magazine’s website provides numerous columns, covers news from the U.K. and around the world, as well as fun stuff like crosswords and cartoons.

Indecision Forever

It’s all the fun of a regular political website, but with only half the insight.
Indecision Forever actually covers real political news, but with Comedy Central’s own twist to things. The “reduced-fact” website also offers clips from the network’s satirical programs The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.

NewsBiscuit

Offering the “news before it happens,” NewsBiscuitputs out Onion-quality articles on a regular basis, covering a broad range of topics.

The Spoof

Touted as “one of the leading satire newspapers on the Internet,” The Spoofprovides daily news headlines on current world affairs, sports, science, and entertainment.
What separates the website’s content from others is that The Spoof relies solely on its readers to submit stories.

Sports Pickle

Sports Pickle is a humor, satire, and parody website covering the world of sports.
Sure, The Onion has its own very well done sports section, but Sports Pickle is updated more often and stays on top of all the latest news in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and more. Because of that, this website does it better when it comes to sports.

Unconfirmed Sources

Unconfirmed Sources publishes political satire and news story parodies regularly. The website’s disclaimer reads, “In case you didn’t get it, none of the stories are real. It’s all fake. We made it all up. It’s satire.”
“The people might be real, but the quotes are not. If it gets you mad, get a life.”

CAP News

Complete with a modified ABC News logo, CAP Newscovers, well, what you’d probably expect ABC to cover.
With U.S. and international news, the website also reports on politics, entertainment, business, health, and more.

The Enduring Vision

Bringing the world satire and love, The Enduring Vision is updated five nights a week with well-written content. The website is packed full of news, editorials, and great features, including “The Best of Spam” and “What Can YOU Do?”

DERF Magazine

DERF Magazine is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, but that doesn’t stop the publication from reporting on whatever is happening in the U.S. and worldwide.
From local content to stories on just about anything, DERF also includes pet orbituaries and lame horoscopes.

NewsMutiny

With satire for the wise and news for the dumb, NewsMutinyoffers national and world news, as well as articles on opinion, local, entertainment, home and garden, advice, and a “Farts and Giggles” page with all kinds of crazy stuff.
Looking for more websites? HumorFeed is a news aggregator specifically for satire and humor. Even Google News is in on the act, displaying satirical publications with a “(satire)” tag among its news sources. Check out the latest stories here.
If you’ve got a favorite satire website, be sure to let us know in the comments!

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