These sources exclusively use humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. Primarily these sources are transparent that they are satire and do not attempt to deceive. See all Satire sources.
- Overall, we rate De Speld a satire site based on proper disclosure and a long history of being a satire website.
Bias Rating: SATIRE
Factual Reporting: N/A
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: N/A
Founded in 2007 by Jochem van den Berg and Melle van den Berg, De Speld is an Amsterdam, Netherlands based satire website. In 2016, De Speld won the People’s Lovie Award for best Best Writing.
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Funded by / Ownership
The website does not clearly state ownership. It is assumed to be co-owned by Jochem van den Berg and Melle van den Berg. Advertising, sponsored content, and an online store that sells merchandise generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
De Speld publishes satire covering a wide range of topics including politics, such as this Hoekstra not fired: ‘Tax evasion is government policy.’ They also publish satire related to culture, lifestyle, sports, and science such as this What do old people know that we don’t know that makes them walk so slowly? In general, De Speld is the Netherlands’ most popular satire website that compares to the USA’s Onion.
Overall, we rate De Speld a satire site based on proper disclosure and a long history of being a satire website. (D. Van Zandt 10/13/2021) Updated (05/09/2022)
Last Updated on May 9, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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