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Breaking the Satire Wall

In movies, TV and theatre there’s a technique called Breaking the Fourth Wall, whereby the characters punch through the wall of the story to talk directly to the audience.

Recent clever examples of this came from the wonderfully clever and crude superhero movie, Deadpool, and The Big Short, where it was also vital in explaining the financial instruments of the GFC. It was also used to great effect by the lead character, Francis Urquhart, in the 1990 British TV series, House of Cards.

I don’t know if there’s anything similar in satire but given that it has begun to seem as if our world is so crazy that it can’t be satirised, there seems to be a need to punch through to something beyond satire?

If there’s one source of satire that might attempt this it’s The Babylon Bee (Your Trusted Source For Christian News), that has far exceeded the previous champion in this category, The Onion, which is sadly a mere shell of itself since selling out to Hillary Clinton.

Thus the Bee produced this mocking view of how they figured CNN would cover Trump’s recent peace deals…

… only to find that the real thing was little different…

FFS. So since reality had once again beaten satire the Bee decided to simply go all the way with Struggling CNN Just Starts Stealing Headlines From The Babylon Bee:

After months of continually trying and failing to produce better fake news than The Babylon Bee, CNN has assigned a team of people to monitor The Babylon Bee’s website daily to determine how they should cover the news for that day. 

Written by Tom Hunter

September 18, 2020 at 3:27 pm

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  1. The other fake news site that is often ahead of the game is Genesius Times. Their take on the reporting of the peace treaties was “CNN: Trump recklessly brings Middle East to brink of peace”

    The site even celebrated getting fact checked by CNN, even though their header says “THE MOST RELIABLE SOURCE OF FAKE NEWS ON THE PLANET”

    Chris Morris

    September 18, 2020 at 5:17 pm

  2. Breibart has been laying into Biden for weighing in on the Brexit debate on the EU side (fake news). See, you just can’t trust the left wing or the right wing MSM. Get your news from the fat bloke down the pub.


    September 19, 2020 at 5:19 am

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