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 clear that they are satire and do not attempt to deceive. See all Satire sources.
- Overall, we rate The Needling a Satire website based on proper disclaimers indicating the work is satirical.
Bias Rating: SATIRE (Left-Leaning)
Factual Reporting: N/A
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: N/A
The Needling is a Seattle-based American satirical news website claiming to be “Seattle’s Only Real Fake News.” Founded in Seattle in 2018, the website mainly tackles political and community issues in the Seattle metropolitan area and posts national articles.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Needling does not openly disclose ownership, and revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Needling, although satirical, appears to hold a left-leaning bias, publishing satire articles with titles that often go against the right, particularly in its National section on its website Conservative Uncle Excited to Pretend to Care About Budget Deficits Again. However, The Needling does disclose that they are satirical, in an article with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, with the title as “‘We’re not trying to fool anybody’: Satire site ‘The Needling’ takes on Seattle’s stereotypes”. In general, they are classified as a satire website based on proper disclosure of their intentions.
Overall, we rate The Needling a Satire website based on proper disclaimers indicating the work is satirical. (User submitted and edited by D. Van Zandt 6/14/2021)
Last Updated on February 11, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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