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The increasing role social media plays in society is changing the course of journalism. In 2016, The Pew Research Center found that nearly twice as many adults (38%) got their news online, either from news websites or apps (28%) or social media (18%) or both. This could be concerning for those who use satirical news as their only news source. For example during the 2008 presidential election, John McCain’s running mate, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, was the star of many SNL parodies, starring Tina Fey. Many believe that Tina Fey’s performance of Palin was a leading factor in the loss of the election for Mccain, and it is now referred to as “The Fey Affect”. The 2016 election was also made more complicated with the presence of fake news, another type of news often confused with satire. On September 26th, 2017, months after President Trump’s inauguration, writer and reporter Paul Horner admitted to publishing fake news throughout the campaign, which often went viral on sites like Facebook and The Washington Post Blog. Kaitlyn Sciarrino and Miles Isgrig report.

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