Skip to main content

Fake News: Resources for Evaluating Information: Fake News vs Satire

Tips for determining reliability of information sources

Wall Street Journal: When Does Political Satire Go Too Far?


Andy Borowitz: Real Fake News

What is Satire?

Defining Satire

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

noun / noun sat·ire /ˈsa-ˌtī(-ə)r

"(1) a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn; (2) trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly."

English Oxford Living Dictionary

"noun (1) [mass noun] The use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues: ‘the crude satire seems to be directed at the fashionable protest singers of the time’"