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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 02:48 PM

The gloriously unhinged progressive pushback against the Babylon Bee
The humor may or may not be to your taste but it's hardly about to bring the republic crashing down in a slurry of ignorance
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Going viral is ordinarily pay-dirt for a small website: new readers, more subscribers, and a bigger slice of that sweet, sweet Google Ads revenue pie. Unfortunately for satirical Christian news-site the Babylon Bee, it went viral in the wrong way: it made fun of Democrats. Last week, its spoof story 'Democrats Call For Flags To Be Flown At Half-Mast To Grieve Death Of Soleimani' attracted 750,000 shares on social media. The headline and the body of the text are patently absurd and obviously satirical. Of course Democrats didn't call for the flag to be flown at half-mast for Soleimani. It's not like he was Osama bin Laden or anything.

Donie O'Sullivan, who covers 'disinformation, politics and technology' for CNN, saw darker forces at work. He intoned: 'To put this in perspective, this is the same number of engagements the top NY Times and CNN stories on Facebook had over the past week. A lot of people sharing this "satirical" story on Facebook don't know it is satire.'

Highlighting the fact your global news organization is level-pegging with a spoof Christian newspaper run out of south-east Florida. Sick self-burn, Donie.

O'Sullivan continued: 'Having a disclaimer buried somewhere on your site that says it's "satire" seems like a good way to get around a lot of the changes Facebook has made to reduce the spread of clickbait and misinformation.'

This is a website that says it was 'created ex nihilo on the eighth day of the creation week, exactly 6,000 years ago', boasts about its unrivaled coverage of the Tower of Babel, and advises readers: 'If you would like to complain about something on our site, take it up with God.' This may be the best MSM-does-God incident since Sam Brownback quoted Matthew 7:16 ('Ye shall know them by their fruits') in an interview with Rolling Stone and they condemned him for using a homophobic slur.

There is a problem with social media users sharing articles without reading past the headline, but it's not an innovation of the 'fake news' era and has nothing to do with the mind-bending cyber powers of Russian Twitter bots. It's because people are stupid and lazy and after confirmation rather than revelation. As the banner ad for the Bee's email newsletter reads: 'Fake news you can trust, delivered straight to your inbox.'

News outlets currently settling out of court after they brought the full force of their hysterical woke-rage down on the heads of a class of Catholic schoolboys because dubious hate crimes are the new high-speed cop chases are natural guardians of media ethics. But it's not just CNN; the Babylon Bee has been the target of a gloriously unhinged progressive pushback for some time now. Snopes.com, once a respectable and useful debunker of online urban legends, spent the past two years in a deranged war on a tiny Christian satire site.

It began when the Bee published a story headlined 'CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine To Spin News Before Publication', prompting Snopes to fact-check the article on the grounds that, Jesus redeem us, some readers may have 'interpreted it literally'. With the stone-cold solemnity of the internet humor void, Snopes rated the claim that CNN 'invested in mechanical assistance to help their journalists and news anchors spin the news before publication' as 'false'. Eventually, after further outings in its self-crashing clown car, Snopes changed its 'false' ratings to 'labeled satire', the salt content of that 'labeled' appearing dangerously high. Fact-checking a satire site might sound like something from the Babylon Bee itself but it's a serious business: acting on Snopes's 'false' rating, Facebook warned the Bee that a repeat offense would see 'their distribution reduced and their ability to monetize and advertise removed'.

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 03:09 PM

Let em piss and moan. It only means more traffic form the Bee.


A fact they completely miss.

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 03:35 PM

Instead of attacking the Bee start producing stories that are not so similar to theirs :biglaugh:
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 03:51 PM

Full Disclosure: the Babylon Bee has mocked (parodied) my faith many times. The difference between me and a mouth foaming leftist is that I can laugh at myself.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 03:52 PM

Watch the mainstream media this evening and see how many show this footage of Trump's reception at the LSU / Clemson game yesterday... Trump's reception
Their version of the news may not be satire, but it sure is agenda driven...

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 04:26 PM

View PostWag-a-Muffin (D), on 14 January 2020 - 03:51 PM, said:

Full Disclosure: the Babylon Bee has mocked (parodied) my faith many times. The difference between me and a mouth foaming leftist is that I can laugh at myself.


:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:


View PostNH Populist, on 14 January 2020 - 03:52 PM, said:

Watch the mainstream media this evening and see how many show this footage of Trump's reception at the LSU / Clemson game yesterday... Trump's reception
Their version of the news may not be satire, but it sure is agenda driven...


CNN just had it, less than half an hour ago.

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 05:39 PM

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A lot of people sharing this "satirical" story on Facebook don't know it is satire.'


A lot of people reading this article on websites everywhere don't know who Donie O'Sullivan is.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 05:46 PM

Because leftists have 0.0 sense of humor

View Posterp, on 14 January 2020 - 03:09 PM, said:

Let em piss and moan. It only means more traffic form the Bee.


A fact they completely miss.



:exactly:
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 11:53 PM

The problem for the left is, The Bee is satire so good, it`s believable.
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