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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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young people are tuning in to fake news to be entertained. If they get some info on current affairs also, so be it . TV can't provide the ponderous pace required for in depth understanding of an issue. I suspect the youth of today couldn't handle the pace anyway.

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Is < fake> news more honest than the real news? This is a kind of question that remind me what was going on in Iraq when the Usa invaded the peacefful country and the world was receiving the information cleaning by the usa military forces in place. And at that time, fake news were just like and kindest to be more honest that the reality on the field..and what others journalists were sending were just considered as a fake one. But i don`t really think that fake can be honest in journalism....even those using that, trying to put themselves in an honest way and situation..

I cameroon sometimes, without experience and without the control of the superior, fake news seams to be honest that the real news..

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Fake news over real news? Journalists should dissemninate information without biases. But in dire cases we can be satirical to aatract attention. And further our cause.

ngozi emedolibe, Nigeria

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I think the basic thing about journalsim should be finding ways to communicate effectively with the audience. Whether satirical or direct, let us communicate with the masses in the mood and manner they prefer. T Darlington, nigeria

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Your caption: "Fake" or Real" News is neither here nor there. News is authentic information, no matter the mode or manner of rendition. Again, no journalism teacher can sufficiently teach the subject in the classroom, because journalism should be more dynamic than life to be able to police morality in governance, business etc. The most dynamic reporter, editor or writer is free to indulge in artistry which could best attract his target audience or readers. I am an admirer of Rueben Abati of The Guardian (Nigeria) who uses a peculiar dialogue satire to laugh at national foibles in The Guardian. It is part of contemporary journalism, which is difficult to define by convention. Journalism has gone beyond the 5W.

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THOUGH WE DON'T HAVE SUCH SHOWS, HERE BUT IT ENABLES US 'TO SAY IT JUST THE WAY IT IS' AND RATHER THAN A QUERY U GET A PAT ON THE BACK AND A 'YOU GOT ME THERE WINK' NO HARD FEELINGS

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I believe people are drawn to fake news because satire masks a moral position; you can't make fun of something happening unless you occupy a point of view about its effects. If "irony is the new sincerity" and simply pointing out the stupidity of, say, the US's invasion of Iraq is obvious and lame, then mocking it reinforces disapproval in the guise of entertainment. Mark Twain and Jonathan Swift were highly serious men who satirized evil in their worlds, I say the Jon Stewarts of our day are doing the same.

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