Faux News: 10 Best Websites for Fake News & Satire

Dan Price 20-02-2017

“Fake News” is rapidly becoming the buzzword of 2017. It all started with the theory Facebook had in some way influenced the US Presidential election by allowing false stories onto its network, but it has since become Donald Trump’s favorite phrase for any story he doesn’t agree with.


Alas, this article isn’t going to include the likes of CNN and other accused “fake news networks.” I’m not even going to include InfoWars and other propaganda outlets. I’m only interested in fake news sites that admit they’re fake news. (And of course, fake news isn’t always funny, as we can see with the increasing risks of artificial intelligence being used in deepfakes.)

Keep reading to discover 10 of the best websites for faux news and satire.

1. The Onion

Example Headline: Lucrative New Oil Extraction Method Involves Drilling Directly Into Gas Stations

I have to start with The Onion. No other satire site comes close in terms of readership or brand recognition.

The beauty of The Onion’s website is its layout. It looks exactly like a regular news site; there’s no suggestion on the front page that all the articles are satire.


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It’s an approach that’s caught out plenty of high-profile names; Republican Congressman John Fleming famously ranted on his Facebook page over an article titled “Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex”, while Fox News quoted segments from Obama’s non-existent 75,000-word email to the American population.

There are sections for News, Sport, Politics, Science and Technology, Entertainment, and even Video.

2. Waterford Whispers News

Example Headline: Man Hooked Up To Alcohol Drip After Completing Dry January


Do you prefer your satire with a healthy dose of Irish humor?

The nation of Ireland has a long-standing reputation for being the butt of endless jokes. Waterford Whispers News takes that stereotype and spins it into a witty and engaging site. As you might expect from an Irish website, there is an abundance of swear words. In fact, the majority of headlines on the site include at least one curse word.

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The content itself is split between local-themed stories and global events. There’s even a brilliant “On This Day” section (1974: Violent Clashes In Dublin As 12 Pint Driving Limit Put In Place).


3. Clickhole

Example Headline: When This Man Lost His Job, He Didn’t Know What To Do—3 Years Later, He Co-Owns A Dinner Jacket

Clickhole is owned and operated by the same people who are responsible for The Onion.

However, while The Onion presents itself as a serious news site, Clickhole takes its inspiration from BuzzFeed, Upworthy, and other similar clickbait sites. It’s stated aim is “to make sure all [our] content panders to and misleads readers just enough to make it go viral.”

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The Guardian newspaper has questioned whether the articles are “a satire of clickbait, or good satire done as clickbait.” Take a look and decide for yourself.

You can expect up to ten new articles every day.

4. Private Eye

Example Headline: Turkey, Torture, and the UK’s £100m Deal

Private Eye is a British publication. It has been in existence since 1961 and – somewhat amazingly – the biweekly paper version is the UK’s best-selling news and current affairs magazine. Even more astonishingly, its circulation figures are rising. It averaged 250,000 copies a week in 2016, a new record.

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The publication is famous for its biting sarcasm and public ridiculing of everything from newspapers to Prime Ministers. It’s now so well-known that many of its columns, recurring features, and parodies have become part of the UK’s pop culture.

5. El Jueves

Example Headline: Trump Hangs Up on Rajoy After Confusing Him with A Telemarketer

El Jueves is arguably the finest Spanish-language satire publication.

The parody starts with the name; despite being called “El Jueves” (Thursday), the print edition is released every Wednesday.

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Its primary focus is on cartoons and comic strips How to Read Newspaper Comics Online Now for Free If you like comic strips but don't want to bother with a newspaper, here's how to read them all for free online. Read More that parody the news of the day. The publication has frequently found itself on the wrong side of the law, most recently in 2014 when a proposed front cover pictured King Juan Carlos passing a crown of feces to his son and heir, Prince Felipe.

6. The Daily Mash

Example Headline: What, in the Name of God, is a ‘Pay Rise’? Asks Britain

The Daily Mash is a British version of The Onion. The publishers present it as a serious news outlet, with sections for News, Sport, Politics, Opinion, and Psychology. It takes a left-of-center stance on most issues and has earned a wide following among students as a result.

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It hit the headlines around the world in 2017 for a story titled “Legally, I Can Kill Him” – supposedly a reference to Queen Elizabeth’s legal impunity if she were to kill Donald Trump with a sword while he was on a state visit to the UK.

The site went live in in 2007.

7. The Borowitz Report

Example Headline: F.B.I. to Special-Order a Pair of Tiny Handcuffs

The Borowitz Report is a column within The New Yorker. Written by Andy Borowitz – the same man who created “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” – it takes a sarcastic look at current affairs.

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The topics normally revolve around politics, but anything is fair game. Readers can expect three or four new articles every week. The pieces are rarely long, often barely totally more than 400 words, but they’re all well-thought out and sure to raise a laugh The 20 Funniest Websites for the Best Humor on the Web If you're searching for the best humor on the web, here are the funniest websites you should visit. Read More when you’ve got a spare five minutes.

8. Faking News

Example Headline: After Nepal Bans India’s New Currency Notes, India to Remove Mount Everest from Geography books

After The UnReal Times made the surprise decision to shut down in late 2016, Faking News has been left as the standout satire news site in India.

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As with several other sites on this list, the site presents its content as if it was real news. Given its location, the stories primarily focus on India and its neighbors. But don’t let that put you off reading; it turns out the news in India lends itself perfectly to satire.

Content is available in both English and Hindi.

9. SatireWire

Example Headline: All Three Million Illegal Immigrant Voters March on Washington

SatireWire was live between 1999 and 2002, then took an eight-year hiatus before returning in 2010.

In its initial three-year run it picked up a hatful of Webby Awards and frequently rivaled The Onion in readership numbers. It ceased operations when the creator left to write a book, and later, work for the BBC.

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However, for the last seven years it’s been back, delivering a deluge of satire and fake news articles on a daily basis. It may never again reach the same heights as back in 2002, but it’s well-deserving of a place on this list.

10. The Beaverton

Example Headline: MPs laugh at colleague who once performed manual labor without servant help

I’ll conclude this list with one of Canada’s finest satire sites – The Beaverton.

The site oscillates between satire based on reality and downright comedy. They predictably give politics and current affairs the most attention, but there are also sections for Sport, Business, Celebrities, Lifestyle, and Video.

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Its story claiming NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield – who gained fame with his tweets from space – was hit with a $1.3 million roaming bill on his return to earth was widely reported as fact in multiple Asian countries back in 2013.

What Would You Add to This List?

I’ve shown you 10 of my favorite sites for fake news and satire. I’ve tried to introduce you to content in a broad range of styles and from a wide selection of geographical locations.

Now it’s your turn. Where do you go for your daily fix of funny faux news? Which sites deserve to make this list? Which sites wouldn’t you include in your own top 10?

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  1. Grayman
    May 14, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Add CNN...

  2. Kent Dorfman
    October 22, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Many people like as a satirical site.

  3. Tory K
    September 22, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I like The Satira its pretty funny, they take harder swipes now and then,

  4. Darla S
    September 11, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    BabylonBee is pretty funny.

    • Nabi
      December 18, 2019 at 3:50 am

      The best on a daily basis.

  5. gil prowler
    July 2, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Try for political and social satire.

  6. matt morse
    May 2, 2019 at 6:29 pm is a funny site.

  7. Mister Bigleys
    April 21, 2019 at 11:57 pm is basically CNN and Fox New's illegitimate child.

  8. Col. Panek
    December 29, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    The Babylon Bee gets me LOL every time! I get the daily newsletter.

  9. Paul Black
    October 11, 2018 at 8:15 pm is pretty good too!

  10. Paul Black
    October 11, 2018 at 8:15 pm is a good one.

  11. Kevin Haley
    September 17, 2018 at 6:36 pm is very funny. I don't know if you received my first comment....

  12. Kevin Haley
    September 17, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Enjoyed your efforts here and I am familiar with most of the satire sources you posted. However, I think you should include which has evolved from a satire newspaper to a satire website in Western Colorado. I have been publishing since 1977. Please take a look at my page and see if you don't agree that it deserves to be included on your roster of great satire. Thanks, Kevin Haley

  13. Scott F
    June 5, 2018 at 12:11 am

    Been enjoying The Out And Abouter for great Canadian takes.

  14. Jeremy S.
    May 13, 2018 at 8:22 am

    I like Beyond the Echo Chamber (

  15. Jason K
    April 4, 2018 at 3:52 am

    I like The Yew Norker

  16. Steve VanReenen
    March 12, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Satiric Lyric is a great satire blog!

  17. Frank Suhadolnik
    January 14, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    The Rochdale Herald

  18. (not) Pete the Cooler
    November 30, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Pete the Cooler ( is a satirical look at investing through the eyes of a poor investor. I, er... he...I mean, whoever operates the site does a fantastic job.

  19. Karen
    November 25, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Some Kind of Diaper. There are only a few articles that come out per week or month(?) but they're worth waiting for. As someone else said, it's very intelligent if you get it.

    I used to be an Onion reader but I felt it got stupid, or maybe I grew up. The Diaper site is the only satirical news site I go to - I like satire but it's not something I'm going to read a lot.

  20. Ken Murray
    November 18, 2017 at 4:32 am ! I second that big-time. Satire that's smart, I've noticed only my smart friends appreciate it.

    If you took the best of the Onion and added 20 IQ points, you'd have something like Some Kind of Diaper.

    Weird name though.

  21. Kim Thompson Wood
    September 18, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Mad World News

  22. Ryan Kepner
    August 22, 2017 at 11:29 pm has to be fake news. Can't find a thing about them online.

  23. mike vittitow
    August 14, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    national insider report. conservative slanted and fake news not reported anywhere else.

  24. Kevin
    July 6, 2017 at 6:48 am ... come on now, let's get with it. Funniest site ever.

  25. Akhna follower
    May 22, 2017 at 10:22 am is a moroccan site of fake news in french

  26. Akhna follower
    May 22, 2017 at 10:21 am is a moroccan site of face news in french.

  27. Prof Nicolette Zeeman
    May 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    This list apart from Private Eye is pathetic. There is little or no true satire there. The Daily Squib is by far the most accurate use of real satire on the web today and I'm speaking as a professor of literary studies from a leading UK university.

  28. Kevin Byrnes
    April 29, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thanks, However I am having problems with your RSS. I don't understand the reason why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anybody else getting identical RSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  29. Joshua Cooper
    March 23, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    This dude, John Edmunds, roasts corrupt politicians and idiotic lawbreakers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania & New York in a short faux news program called "My Minute Minute". He updates it regularly at

  30. jon
    February 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    A second for the Babylon Bee. Even if you're not religious, or if you are religious but not Christian, that stuff is FUNNY!

  31. spyjoshx
    February 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    A very good CLEAN christian faux news site is the Babylon Bee. Great stories bashing every denomination and group you can think of!

    • jon
      February 21, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      I love the Babylon Bee. Even though it's Christian-themed, it appeals to both Christians and people who like to make fun of Christians.

  32. Sid Dutcher
    February 9, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Political Garbage Chute and Breaking Burgh

  33. Matt
    January 9, 2017 at 7:31 am

    There's the new site The Confounding Variable - clean, sophisticated, funny

  34. elayne seligman
    August 9, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Try news satire very funny

  35. Surging Beef
    July 8, 2016 at 7:51 am

    No mention of The Unternet News! That and The Onion are my favourites. :)

  36. David Ett
    July 6, 2016 at 2:42 pm is satire too.

    • Susan
      July 7, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Totally got sucked in by the story of the woman shoplifting fireworks and then them exploding in her vajayjay!!! But when I read why the fireworks ignited I knew it was fake. Sad to think I believed it up until then! People be crazy!!! (Also a bunch of typos and poor grammar!)

  37. Jose
    June 23, 2016 at 4:01 am

    What about More creative satire stories than the onion.

  38. John Walls
    June 8, 2016 at 2:23 am

  39. Andy McWilliams
    April 9, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Is endingthefed fake news? I've seen some stupid stuff from there.

  40. NotYanla
    March 9, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Donald Trump announces he is withdrawing candidacy for POTUS, stating: "It was a joke!" (which most of us knew anyway) #DonaldTrumpWithdraws

    • NotYanla
      March 9, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      **Unconfirmed Sources say

      • Andy McWilliams
        April 9, 2016 at 6:27 pm

        If it's too good to be true, it's not.

    • David Ett
      July 6, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      We could only wish Hillary and Trump both withdrew from the race.

  41. NotYanla
    March 9, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    #DonaldTrumpWithdraws > Unconfirmed sources say

    • pjki
      April 29, 2016 at 11:57 pm

      Why would he? He's ahead. LOL

      • David Ett
        July 6, 2016 at 2:41 pm is satire news too.

  42. Dr Ridiculous
    January 15, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Check out too. Lots of absurdist posts, political jabs and pop culture parodies.

  43. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 at 11:20 am

    What happened to the red tractor usa news satire site? I see no evidence of it anywhere!

  44. bt
    May 4, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    MSNBC, CNN and FOX can also be added to this list.

    • Anonymous
      June 9, 2015 at 4:15 am

      You can say that again

    • Anonymous
      October 22, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Snopes (owned by Marxist George Sorrows) as a social engineering experiment should really be listed here as well.

  45. Reader
    March 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm
  46. Harrison J Bonuel
    February 9, 2015 at 2:01 am

    NBC news?

  47. Christin
    January 14, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I found on The Spoof. You have to check it out! A MUST in your top ten satire sites! Hilarious!

  48. Lukas
    November 9, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Satire news for german speakers: Check out based in Vienna, Austria. Compared to the anglo-american world things are still very much in development round here but we try our best...

  49. Krista Rogers
    October 6, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Check out this new satire website: It's "LaCucaracha's Only News Source Since 8000BC-(Give or Take a Millennium)" A "newspaper" from this mythical small Texas town, reporting news and events from the town's perspective. It'll make you laugh for sure!

  50. Pope Blinky
    September 30, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Don't forget

  51. hamdi
    September 7, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    well these website are very bad new english learner they make us crazy and confused

  52. stuart
    August 24, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Irreverent Magazine is a good site but has any writer in the UK EVER found a way to 'contact us' and contribute material?..searching for it is impossible - like the bloody Da Vinci code but without the crap ending.

    Funny though

  53. Gary Cain
    August 21, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Check out the new outrageous fake news and satire site Humor Volcano

  54. Mash
    August 4, 2009 at 4:12 am

    My favourite has to be another UK based site: the Daily Mash - very funny

  55. Dean Sherwin
    August 2, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Cool sits. But I can see one getting bored of them really quick. They must have a high bounce rate.

  56. ...
    August 1, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    The sad thing is that people often take the news on these sites seriously. Also, the Onion is the best, for newspaper style faux news.

    • Derf Editor
      August 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm

      One would think they'd be the best with over 20 writers and several editors but we get unsolicited comments almost every week comparing our material more favorably. Sometimes on a timely topic it's obvious they succumb to speed rather than quality. To get in the news cycle they pound a mediocre joke out there rather than waiting a couple days for better ideas. Also we believe the onion unintentionally ripped us off in one case....we wrote, "Christian rock band leaves hotel room immaculate." a few months later they wrote, "Christian rock band cleans up hotel room." We called them and they were very respectable about it but they didn't completely admit the piece was plagiarized. They said a trusted freelance writer submitted the piece. Since they at least checked into it and were very cordial, we chalked it up to coincidence although it was very questionable.

      • John McClain
        August 1, 2009 at 6:47 pm

        Interesting. When it comes to news with these websites, I'm sure that it's bound to happen that similar headlines are made, but since in your case it was just a random story, it is indeed very fishy.

  57. muse
    August 1, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Fox news?

  58. king
    August 1, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I'm sorry but you seem to have forgotten fox news, you should add it after all it is one of the best faux news channel I've ever had the pleasure of watching.

  59. Jersey Bob
    August 1, 2009 at 10:35 am

    The Onion always makes me laugh. And their production is first-rate.