The Babylon Bee is a fantastic satire site that skewers modern culture and the media with hilarious stories, photos, and quips. But the left-wing, so-called “fact-checker” site Snopes is desperately trying to destroy the satire site. Why? Because the Babylon Bee writes its jokes from a conservative perspective.
You may be familiar with the magazine National Lampoon, a magazine where many of the early cast members of Saturday Night Live learned their comedy craft. Or, more recently, you may enjoy the humorous stylings of The Onion. Both of these are great sources of satire. But they both come from a left-wing perspective.
So, the Babylon Bee rose to fill a void of right-leaning satire, and it has become as successful and well-crafted as any of those on the left.
That is why biased “fact-checker” Snopes is looking to destroy the Babylon Bee. Not because it is satire. But because it is satire from the right. And it is very successful.
Indeed, this biased “fact-checker” has fact-checked Babylon Bee articles many times in the past. Snopes has done this quite despite the fact that the Bee is supposed to be comedy, not news.
What else is Snopes doing to destroy the Bee? With its influence among left-wing “news” sources, Snopes is trying to get Babylon Bee classified as “fake news” instead of satire so that they can then force Facebook, Twitter, and other such sites to cancel the Bee’s accounts.
As The Bee recently explained in a note attached to its daily email:
Readers of the Bee,
We apologize for the length of this note, but we wanted to bring something important to your attention. Last week, Snopes fact-checked us again. We’re pretty used to that. But this time, instead of merely rating the article “false,” they questioned whether our work qualifies as satire, and even went so far as to suggest that we were deliberately deceiving our readers. Basically, they treated us as a source of intentionally misleading fake news, rather than as the legitimate, well-known satire publication that we are. This is a big deal.
As you know, fake news—which is distinguished from satire by its intent to mislead—was widely considered a serious issue in the last election cycle. As a result, social media networks like Facebook began partnering with fact-checkers to try and limit the distribution of fake news on their platforms. Snopes was one of them. At one point, a piece of ours was rated “false” by Snopes, prompting Facebook to threaten us with limitations and demonetization. We made a stink about this, and after some media attention shed light on the problem, Facebook apologized for their handling of the matter and admitted that satire is not the same as fake news.
We came out on top last time, but this latest smear from Snopes is both dishonest and disconcerting. We have no choice but to take it very seriously. For better or worse, the media, the public, and social networks all look to Snopes for authoritative answers. By lumping us in with fake news and questioning whether we really qualify as satire, Snopes appears to be actively engaged in an effort to discredit and deplatform us. While we wish it wasn’t necessary, we have retained a law firm to represent us in this matter.
But here’s the good news: While much of our revenue still comes from traffic generated through Facebook, Twitter, etc., subscriptions from our loyal readers have allowed us to become less dependent on those networks. If you value The Babylon Bee and want to see us prevail against Snopes and anyone else who might seek to discredit or deplatform us, please consider becoming a subscriber. Your support really will make a difference.
This is how the left works. They are all fascists.
If you are a liberal, you are a fascist at heart.
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