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Babylon Bee-Snopes Flap Shows Liberals Have No Sense of Humor

Babylon Bee-Snopes Flap Shows Liberals Have No Sense of Humor

By    |   Friday, 16 August 2019 12:51 PM EDT

Fact-checkers who repeatedly feel the need to verify the accuracy of “reports” posted by The Babylon Bee, a satirical, Christian-based website, is proof that liberals have no sense of humor.

The Bee states on its website that, “We write satire about Christian stuff, political stuff, and everyday life,” and its email promotions end with “If you hate laughing, you should probably unsubscribe from this list.” Liberals must hate laughing.

If that doesn’t make it clear, readers should note that the kingdom of Babylon ceased to exist some 800 years ago with the Muslim invasion and conquest of Mesopotamia, of which Babylon was a part.

Nevertheless, Snopes.com, a fact-checking organization, feels duty-bound to repeatedly verify the accuracy of The Babylon Bee’s stories, which is akin to fact-checking "Mad" magazine or "Saturday Night Live's" "Weekend Update." It’s humor.

And just like all satirical humor, it’s often based on current news items.

The most recent dust-up occurred when The Bee spoofed Georgia state lawmaker Erica Thomas’s complaint about a fellow Publix supermarket customer. Thomas alleged that the other shopper used racial slurs and told her to “go back where she came from” when she entered an express lane with too many items.

The other customer, Eric Sparkes, denied using racist slurs or telling her to "go back," but admitted to cursing at Thomas, and the store’s surveillance footage appeared to back him up. No charges were filed against either customer.

The Bee’s headline proclaimed, “Georgia Lawmaker Claims Chick-Fil-A Employee Told Her To Go Back To Her Country, Later Clarifies He Actually Said 'My Pleasure.'”

Funny, right? Not to Snopes, which initially labeled the story “false” and said, “we’re not sure if fanning the flames of controversy and muddying the details of a news story classify an article as ‘satire,’” according to the Catholic News Agency.

Snopes later revised that assessment, and gave it a wholly new rating category, “Labeled Satire,” which can be interpreted as “allegedly satire.”

It explains that, “Not all content described by its creator and audience as ‘satire’ necessarily constitutes satire, and this rating does not make a distinction between 'real' satire and content that may not be effectively recognized or understood as satire despite being labeled as such.”

In short, they still don’t necessarily accept that it’s satire.

The Babylon Bee has always been an equal opportunity lampooner, and both liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, have found themselves at the receiving end of its humor.

Recent headlines include, “CDC: People With Dirt On Clintons Have 843% Greater Risk Of Suicide,” as well as, “Scarred, Disfigured Trump Flips Coin To Decide If He's Gonna Do Something Good Today Or Something Totally Insane.”

However, the fact-checkers only seem to concentrate on stories poking fun at Democrats.

The Bee recently struck back, as only The Bee can — with humor.

It began with, “Snopes Rolls Out New Opinion Check Feature,” reporting that “Alongside the site's helpful fact checks of satirical articles and debunking of urban legends, there will now be a section of the site dedicated to checking out opinions and letting you know which ones are acceptable to hold.”

Opinions it found unacceptable included, "President Trump isn't as bad as Hitler," "white men aren't all bad," and "pineapple does not belong on pizza."

The Bee followed that up with, “Snopes Launches New Website To Fact-Check Snopes Fact Checks,” and stated that, “The new site is called ‘Snopes Snopes,’ and will comb through the original site’s articles in order to label them ‘True,’ ‘False,’ or ‘Clearly Biased,’ assisting readers in discerning fact from fiction on the popular site which claims to debunk urban legends, hoax news stories, and satire.”

Snopes is now allegedly telling social media platforms that The Babylon Bee is a fake news site, making it difficult for The Bee to promote their own stuff — and it’s apparently now considering legal action.

“The reason we have to take it seriously is because social networks, which we depend on for our traffic, have relied upon fact-checking sources in the past to determine what’s fake news and what isn’t,” Bee CEO Seth Dillon told Fox News Channel’s Shannon Bream.

“In cases where they’re calling us fake news and lumping us in with them rather than saying this is satire, that could actually damage us,” he added. “It could put our business in jeopardy.”

It’s not just Snopes getting into the act. CNN’s Brian Stelter doesn’t seem to get it either. In a case of the pot calling the kettle black, he wrote earlier this year that, “Babylon Bee is a fake news site. They call it ‘satire.’”

The Bee did derive one benefit from fact-checkers. Its website proudly informs readers that, “Unlike other satire sites, everything we post is 100% verified by Snopes.com.”

That’s proof that The Babylon Bee can find humor even in adversity. It’s also proof that liberals and Democrats have no sense of humor whatsoever. If they did they’d be called Republicans.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Fact-checkers who repeatedly feel the need to verify the accuracy of “reports” posted by The Babylon Bee, a satirical, Christian-based website, is proof that liberals have no sense of humor.
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Friday, 16 August 2019 12:51 PM
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