Let’s face it, folks, the news can be depressing.
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.
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 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.
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.
Offering the “news before it happens,” NewsBiscuit puts out Onion-quality articles on a regular basis, covering a broad range of topics.
Touted as “one of the leading satire newspapers on the Internet,” The Spoof provides 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 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 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.”
Complete with a modified ABC News logo, CAP News covers, 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.
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 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.
With satire for the wise and news for the dumb, NewsMutiny offers 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!