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This page provides link to many satirical news sites. This is a valuable page to consult if you are unsure if a story you are looking at online is real or if you are interested at looking at these sites to learn more about them. Of course, maybe it is final weeks and you just need a good laugh to break the stress: these sites are good for that, too!
United States Satire
Big American News
This site is satire in the same sense as The Onion, though it provides no disclaimer stating such. The material is entertaining and often poignant. It also has the distinction of fooling professional journalists.
This site, whose logo resembles that of the ABC network, is a satire site that heavily uses jokes and irony. A message at the very bottom of every page informs its readers that the content is satirical.
The title of the articles on this site should be a give-away but this site has fooled many people: including professional journalists. The 'About/Disclaimer' link available at the bottom of every page informs readers that the site is "intended for entertainment purposes only".
People on social media often share these stories as being factual, especially on Facebook. There is a link for the site's disclaimer located on every page, though it is difficult to find.
This site is pretty amusing and in no way tries to hide that it is not a reputable news site. If anything, they seem well-aware of the trouble people have in identifying satirical news. The tagline across their site's header is: "Satire for the wise. News for the dumb."
We know it. We love it. It still manages to fool a few people on occasion. If anything, it has changed how people approach news items as it is typical to see the comment, "I though this was an Onion article until..." The FAQ (frequently asked questions), which has a link at the bottom of every page, lets readers in on the joke.
Satirical news meets Sport Illustrated. The site itself never comes clean about its comical intentions, but the answer is discoverable through a Google search and on other watch dog sites confirm that this is an entertainment site. People who seriously follow sports can probably figure this out on their own.
Not all satirical news sites are located in or are mainly about the United States. These are a few example of sites from around the world.
The Dail Squib
This United Kingdom site has an extraordinarily broad focus ranging from news, science, and sports stories from across the globe. Much of the material focuses on the UK and the USA. Located at the top and bottom of every page is the link "satire," which leads to this description of their central purpose that reads in part: "Satire is the last bastion of free speech, and when that is diminished, we will know that Western society as a whole has taken a turn for the worse."
This satirical news site hails from the United Kingdom, which is the focus of much of its material. The about and disclaimer links never come out and say that this is a satire site; however, the title information that appears in your browser's tab and in a Google search declare it a site for "UK News Satire, Parody, and Spoof News".
This satirical news site from Australia does not take itself or much of anything else seriously. The focus seems to be mostly domestic, though there are several international stories. The 'about' link located at the top and the bottom of the page leads to this explanation: "The Shovel is Australia’s satire news website. That means the stories on this site are made up. Yep, even the one about Vladimir Putin marrying himself."