The problem with Italian news (and media) and their televised satire (or journalistic, i.e. Il Vernacoliere) is that the border between fake and real, parody or factual reporting is blurred, ultimately as credible as it is entertaining.
Personally I found this to be an all-round, Western Cultures problem, but Italians who -in my experience- tend to be less hypocritical about "official" news (coming from the government, Media or opinion makers) have a unique verve for basically not believing anything, besides what they like to believe.
To this matter, a journalistic joke from the late 80's is stuck in my mind, and thinking back it uniquely blended news and parody:
"Ultima Notiza: Scatta l'ora legale. Panico nel PSI."
:) [I don't expect everybody to get it...]