Many times, given the growing biases of so-called “news networks” such as Fox News and MSNBC, viewers are turning to such shows not only for entertainment, but to get an ironic, if not truthful, take of the news.
The paper is aimed at discussing the literature about the so-called “fake” news and what popular cultures are saying about these different programs. From that literature, and the programs themselves, we’ll determine if there is more truth to the critical take on the news than what comes from mainstream journalists and network news.
“It’s not easy being a fake newsman in 2010,” remarked Time magazine columnist James Poniewozik in late 2010). “Reality keeps stealing your best material.” Poniewozik has a point – trying to find unbiased news on the so called “news” networks is becoming all but impossible. Turn on Fox News and one is likely treated to the ultra-conservative view of everything ranging from the higher price of gas (President Barack Obama’s fault), jobless rates (also the President’s fault), to turmoil in the Middle East. Flipping the channel to CNN or MSNBC is not a whole lot better. On those networks, viewers can be treated to rhetoric blaming of the Republicans, Big Business and the George W. Bush Years for everything that’s wrong today. The big talk that is being talked throughout on these networks is creating a new type of “news” program: The faux news program.
Programs such as HBO Real Time with Bill Maher, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report are meant to be news analysis concealed in entertainment, humor and irony. Yet more often than not, it seems these stand-up comedy hosts are doing a better job of reporting the real news than their more “serious” counterparts. Maher, on his show, tackles deep political issues with panels representing both sides of the political spectrum. Stewart is well knowledgeable in