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MHS/MVTHS Library: Fact Checkers, Fake News, Bias and Satire

News: Is It Real or Is It Fake?

What is Fake News?  Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish false information or hoaxes for the purpose of profit or influence. Fake News is sometimes meant as satire for the purpose of entertainment, but it can also be used for more nefarious purposes such as spreading disinformation for political reasons.

Bias, Conspiracy Theories, and Propaganda

What is media bias?  An organization's political bias can be seen not only through its opinion pieces and editorials, but through selective reporting and news analysis.  Often this practice is not intended to cause harm but is simply an interpretation or analysis of facts or events. 

What are conspiracy theories?

What is propagandaHowever,  at other times bias is intentional and results in a deliberate skewing of information towards a particular political ideology.


Too Outrageous To Be True? Maybe It's Satire.

Satire is a technique employed in writing, cartoons and videos to expose and criticize foolishness and corruption of an individual or a society, by using humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule. It intends to improve humanity by criticizing its follies and foibles. A writer may point a satire toward a person, a country, or even the entire world. Usually, a satire is a comical piece of writing which makes fun of an individual or a society, to expose its stupidity and shortcomings.

Examples of satire:

essays of Mark Twain

political cartoons

the online magazine, the Onion

Saturday Night Live

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