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Live From New York, It's the Fake News! Saturday Night Live and the (Non)Politics of Parody

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Article

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Published by Taylor & Francis Ltd. in Popular Communication, volume 10, issue 1/2. Bryant users may access this article here.

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Popular Communications

Abstract

Though Saturday Night Live's “Weekend Update” has become one of the most iconic of fake news programs, it is remarkably unfocused on either satiric critique or parody of particular news conventions. Instead, the segment has been shaped by a series of hosts who made a name for themselves by developing distinctive comic personalities. In contrast to more politically invested contemporary programs, the genre of fake news on Saturday Night Live has been largely emptied to serve the needs of the larger show, maintaining its status as just topical, hip, and unthreatening enough to attract celebrities and politicians, as well as a mass audience.