Planet Earth (AP) - A study conducted by the League of Informed Gentlemen has determined that reading articles and stories on satire website The Spoof! is nearly as or more informative than most mainstream media reporting.
Amongst the study's findings were the following:
- People who named The Spoof! as their primary news source were half as likely to think that there were 52 states in the USA as viewers of Fox News, which was more disturbing considering that a large number of its writers and readers hail from the UK. Spoof! readers usually listed Canada and Mexico as the two extra states, while Fox viewers overwhelmingly chose Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Spoof! readers outperformed their TV-watching counterparts by being able to correctly name Gordon Brown as the Prime Minister of the UK twice as often, even as the average CNN viewer remained unable to name the capitol city of their given state. This has been chalked up not to the fact that UK News is highly covered on the site, but rather to Gordon Brown's stunning charisma.
- Readers of The Spoof! were also seen to have well-developed senses of irony, humor, and an appreciation of the ridiculous and nonsensical. Mainstream media viewers, though constantly bombarded by ironically nonsensical tirades at the hands of numerous TV news anchors and pundits, did not tend to see the humor in describing George W. Bush as "Dick Cheney's adorable and spirited lapdog."
When questioned about their online reading habits, The Spoof! readers unanimously declared that even though nearly 100% of the articles on the site were obviously and completely utter B.S., they tended to glean more information from them than from the average MSNBC broadcast.
Corporate giant Viacom responded with a shoddily produced hit piece on CNN entitled, "Media in Peril," which ended up being an hour-long sobfest featuring a rant by Jim "Mad Money" Cramer, fifteen minutes of canned debate between indistinguishable pundits, and a half hour of sanctimonious lecturing from Soledad O'Brien on the evils of Internet satire.
One of the two people watching tuned out halfway through the broadcast in favor of watching Star Trek reruns on the TV Land station.
Said Soledad with a mild and vapid frown, "Highly illogical."