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What is satire?

Satire: a literacy work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn.

Screenshot of the satirical news website the OnionYou may already be familiar with popular satirical news sites like the Borowitz Report, the Onion, or SatireWire.

But there are many, many more. Some satirical news sites are easy to suss out by their names, such as Click Hole, the Daily WTF, and the Oxymoron. However, others have names that seem as if they could be reputable, like the Daily Currant, the Valley News, and Weekly World News.

It may be easy to tell on the satirical newspaper website that it is not reporting real news, but if you take one article in isolation, it can be more difficult.

"Satire." Merriam-Webster. Accessed 31 Jan. 2017.


These sites can help you determine if you're looking at a satirical source. As with fact-checking sites, use these resources judiciously.

Real or Satire Copy a URL into the search box to see if the site you're looking at is real or satire.

Daily Dot Here are all the 'Fake News' sites to watch out for on Facebook

Snopes Field Guide to Fake News Sites and Hoax Purveyors

Media Bias/Fact Check Use the search feature above (Header) to check the bias of any source. Use name or URL