Is “fake” news more honest than “real” news?
In recent years, satirical news have increasingly become the preferred means for younger generations seeking information on current events. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report are two such political satire shows in the United States.
In Pakistan, journalist and satirist Fasi Zaka has gained popularity with his political satire show, News, Views, and Confused. U.S. studies have shown that people who watched The Daily Show were more informed than people who watched broadcast news.
Some suggest that young people watch “fake” news because they are apathetic about “real” news. But many say that satirical sources are popular because they are more honest about the events of the day. Does satire allow journalists to be more honest? Or, should journalists limit themselves to conventional means of reporting the news?
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