Christian satire site The Babylon Bee received a terse warning from Facebook this week after the “independent fact-checkers” at Snopes reported that one of the site’s satirical articles was “false.” Of course, it was false, it was satire.
The headline of the article was “CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine To Spin News Before Publication.”
The article began with,
In order to aid the news station in preparing stories for consumption, popular news media organization CNN purchased an industrial-sized washing machine to help its journalists and news anchors spin the news before publication.
And ended with:
At publishing time, CNN had also purchased an industrial-sized trash compactor in order to help compress and distort facts to fit into its preconceived narrative.
At the bottom of the page, it reads, “The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.”
Let’s put it this way, only an idiot, or someone who was born without the slightest sense of humor would believe the article was intended to be serious. Apparently, the person at Snopes who fact-checked the article is either humorless, an idiot or biased, because they fact-checked the article as if it was a real story rather than satire.
How on earth Snopes believed that this article was serious brings back the claim the fact-checking site operates with a left-wing bias.