First off, my peer Kaitlin Sanderson explains that, “Though what satire shows say can be risky, they do succeed in presenting the news, just in a different way” (http://kaitlinsanderson.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/is-the-fake-news-real-news/). Satirical news and traditional news have different methods when portraying their information. This being said, they still share a similar purpose. This purpose is to educate viewers on news stories around the world.
As Jessica Znaczko writes, “Using humour in satirical news reports makes this form of culture jamming more lighthearted, easier to understand, and more effective” (http://jessicaznaczko.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/cpcf-1f25-blog-entry-4-is-the-fake-news-real-news/). A lot of people find satirical news easier to follow, as they are both educational and entertaining. For this reason, many viewers are drawn to these types of news channels.
Ryan Mallat can add on to this explanation by saying, “It helps viewers who don’t watch the news religiously to stay connected with some of the world’s biggest topics” (http://ryanmallat.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/is-the-fake-news-the-real-news/). If someone chooses not to watch traditional news channels, they can still gain insight on world news from these satirical news channels.
In conclusion, I believe that satirical news is just as reliable as traditional news. It does this by using humour as an incentive to get the public interested in news and current events. These shows are useful, however it is important to remember to take it with a grain of salt, meaning not to be influenced by bias or misleading information. They attract a variety of audience viewers - based on age, gender, and social groups. Essentially this type of news allows for a larger amount of people to be educated, who wouldn’t normally watch traditional news stations. I believe that the existence of satirical news will continue to be crucial in the future, as it will continue to educate multiple people.