Parody of network television newscasts that exploits the absurd in current events for humorous intent rather than being concerned with providing complete and well-balanced information. Somewhat of a misnomer, fake news often covers actual public figures when they are caught making comments that reveal their utter stupidity and/or hypocrisy.
Not to be confused with pure news satire such as found in The Onion
The Daily Show
with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central
is the primary television venues for fake news.
For a shocking number of people, their sole exposure to current events is from watching fake news on the Daily Show.