On Friday, Kimber told you about how Facebook threatened the satire site The Babylon Bee after the perpetually miserable cat ladies who run Snopes disputed one of the site’s articles titled, “CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine To Spin News Before Publication.”
Anyone with half a brain knows JUST FROM THE TITLE that it’s a good ol’ dose of satire. But nope. Snopes had to fact-check it!
Can you even?
Claim: CNN invested in an industrial-sized washing machine to help their journalists and news anchors spin the news before publication.
“Although it should have been obvious that the Babylon Bee piece was just a spoof of the ongoing political brouhaha over alleged news media ‘bias’ and ‘fake news,’” Snopes explained, “some readers missed that aspect of the article and interpreted it literally.”
I seriously doubt that. There’s no way people are THAT stupid. I refuse to believe we’ve fallen that far.
Now, Snopes and Facebook has been messing with The Babylon Bee for quite some time. However, this was the first time Facebook actually threatened the site. Still. Facebook has made it abundantly clear that it knows what’s best for you. Sure. Maybe you liked the COTR Facebook page and joined our group and made sure to click “see first.” But let’s be honest. You probably didn’t REALLY mean any of that.
Sorry. Getting off subject. Facebook’s behavior makes me SO MAD. Don’t claim to be a platform for all opinions and all ideas and crush conservative voices. You can’t have it both ways. Either be fair or admit you’re biased tools.
ANYWHO. This drama has been going on for a few months, and The Babylon Bee has been trolling Snopes and Facebook and Zuck like a boss. Back in September, they published an article titled, “Snopes Rates Babylon Bee World’s Most Accurate News Source.” It’s hilarious and reads in part:
U.S.—As part of a detailed review of prominent online news outlets, a large team of fact-checkers at Snopes.com unanimously voted The Babylon Bee as the world’s most accurate news source, Snopes editors revealed Friday.
After reviewing over 1,200 of the Bee’s articles, opinion pieces, and exclusive news stories published over the site’s eighteen months of existence, the Snopes team all agreed that the Bee was “far more accurate” than competing news sources.
“It’s not even close,” Snopes writer Kim LaCapria wrote as part of the announcement. “Whereas sites like CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are constantly dropping the ball, The Babylon Bee has never gotten a single fact wrong.”
It gets even better. Last year, they published an article titled “Mark Zuckerberg Finishes Another Long Day Of Deciding What People Should Believe.” It reads in part:
MENLO PARK, CA—Giving his arms and legs a nice little stretch while reclining in his office chair Friday afternoon, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, confirmed that he had successfully completed another long day of deciding what people around the world should believe.
“We’ve got over two billion users now, so it’s never been more important to show them only what we want them to see, while throttling to death of all content that we don’t think they should be consuming for whatever reason,” the Facebook chief said. “My days are longer than ever.”
“It’s hard work, dictating which worldviews are acceptable and which are not. But someone has to do it,” he said. “We can’t just let people consume whatever they want.”
The sad thing? That post isn’t even really satirical anymore. This is pretty much happening.