Real or Satire?

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thefreethoughtproject.com -

On first glance, most of the headlines used over at The Free Thought Project seem designed to incite a certain emotion, mostly indignant anger — which is reason enough to give us pause on TFTP. We're not sure how to categorize this site, just yet. The issues they write about are complex, but real. We just have this nagging feeling that there's something else going on. Bias? Probably.



thoughtcatalog.com -

Thought Catalog is a site for op-ed pieces. They also tend to repost — and resell — Reddit posts. From their About page: The more worldviews and rhetorical styles on the site, the better. We want to tell all sides of the story. Whether or not they are vigorous with fact-checking is another — and likely, moot — question; the…



conservativetribune.com -

Conservative Tribune makes the following claim: [David Boreanaz] broke ranks with the Hollywood elite, and the overwhelming culture of Hollywood, to criticize Pres. Barack Obama. This is the same Pres. Obama that hangs out with celebrities like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and George Clooney, while simultaneously campaigning against rich people. It’s customary to embed tweets when you’re relying on them to push…



jesus-is-savior.com -

In 2014, we originally marked jesus-is-savior.com as an extreme form of Poe's Law (satire). But that didn't sit well with us. Could jesus-is-savior.com be satire? Or is it something much different?



readersupportednews.org -

This is a difficult one to assess. RSN is exactly as its name suggests: reader-supported news. From their about page: Reader Supported News is a new service by the creator of Truthout, Marc Ash. [. . .] Truthout built its following among readers who wanted to better understand the most important stories of the day, but had grown tired of…



Slate.com -

Slate Magazine is an online current affairs and culture magazine. Inititally created in 1996 under the ownership of Microsoft as part of MSN, it is now managed by The Slate Group, an online publishing entity created by Graham Holdings Company to develop and manage web-only magazines. The article presented to us was: Abolish the Week! It’s unnatural. It’s unnecessary. Why…



dandygoat.com -

No one should consider this weblication as anything other than satire, especially with article titles such as these: Obama and first lady: ménage à trois with French president was ‘an official letdown’ Super Bowl outcome to be decided by telekinetic Seattle fan Seventh-grader reveals U.S. at the mercy of nine wizards “But,” you might say, “I heard about those nine…



liberallogic101.com -

LiberalLogic101.com is Satire, using humor to counter left-wing talking points, such as this one: Undoubtedly these “liberal talking points” are taken out of context, which is a common conceit on both sides; otherwise, it wouldn’t be funny.



enduringvision.com -

Enduring Vision graciously reveals its satirical nature in its own logo. But read on to find out why we really like their site!



thehardtimes.net -

thehardtimes.net is, thankfully, forthcoming about their satirical nature. From their About page: The Hard Times is a very real punk news site that you should not question. Just absorb the information as truth and move on. The historic satire site was founded in December 1982 at 171A studios while the founding members were eating broken glass with The Bad Brains.…



abcnews.com.co -

Fake news. Sometimes funny… but always fake. On their About page, they have the address and phone number for the Westboro Baptist Church hatemongers, which we find deliciously funny. There’s also this: Thanks to ABC News President & CEO, Dr. Paul “Un-Buzz Killington” Horner for making ABC News the greatest website in the multiverse. We need writers! Find out more…



twitter.com/RNCSquirrel -

@RNCSquirrel is a response-Twitter account that acts as a so-called “frenemy” to @HRCsquirrel, itself an insult-Twitter designed as a pre-backlash maker to the prospect of Hilary R Clinton’s presidential run.



dailycaller.com -

The Daily Caller is often touted as the conservative answer to Huffington Post. Indeed, the Daily Caller themselves say they are “the balance against the rest of the conventional press,” which if you can’t tell by most conservative rhetoric is left-leaning. But conservative pundit and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson said that they would “not be tied to ideology.” This…



thepcmdgazette.com -

Well . . . the good thing about the PCMD Gazette is that they separate the satire from everything else. But their actual news is more like Fox News — colored. For instance, their “Affordable Care Act could cut the number of full-time workers in the U.S. by more than 2 million” article is based off an IMO flawed CBO…



aboveaverage.com -

Above Average is develops and produces original, laugh-out-loud comedy programming. Above Average is a digital-first company with a 40-year television and film legacy.



newsexaminer.net -

The article sent to us to review was "World’s First Head Transplant A Success After Nineteen Hour Operation." But . . . is it real?



breitbart.com -

UPDATE – 08-03-2016: We have slightly revised our judgment on Breitbart in light of their consistent policy of going well beyond headline-hyperbole with their articles into downright lying when it suits them: Obama’s post-Ramadan statement giving thanks to the “achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy”…



rilenews.com -

This one is easy. Every story has a link to their ABOUT page: RILENEWS FAQ Are your stories real? Yes. If you believe fake news stories.



worldnewsdailyreport.com -

If you wish to believe that Apple Annouces[sic] Release of Paranormal Communication Application or that a New Gandhi Movie Shocks India, then World News Daily Report is the site for you. But kindly leave our boots well and dry, thank you very much. World News Daily Report follows the old-school Tabloid-styled faux-journalism of its predecessors, such as the Weekly World…



924jeremiah.wordpress.com -

Man! Whoever runs 924jeremiah.wordpress.com are doing a bang-up job! Tons of content that on first glance appears to be unique. Accounts all over the social media spectrum, from Facebook to Youtube. Even a podcast! They are either heavily dedicated to Poe’s Law, or heavily dedicated to their beliefs. Either way, kudos to them. Within the context of their religious platform,…



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