Maybe this has already made the rounds… but was wondering if you all had seen this. Snopes is “fact checking” the Babylon Bee. Example:
My guess is that they don’t have enough actual “fact checking” to do, so they’re making work for themselves by “fact checking” this Christian satire site. Totally lame. Also, they often start these articles with some sort of claim that goes, “Some readers were confused…” I say that’s BS.
The BB’s most recent podcast was devoted to Snopes. They discussed the Snopes article I screenshotted above. Excerpt (11:55):
“… she walked back her comments pretty shortly after she initially made them though. I think it was just within a day or two…. Snopes wasn’t even aware that she had walked back her comments. At least, they claimed not to be because the original version of the story that they ran with omitted that fact. So I don’t think that got picked up or circulated.”
“Yea that was the basis of the whole joke.”
“That was the craziest part to me, was that Snopes fact checked our joke about it… and they never fact checked her claim… she actually made a false statement.”
“They are usually more thorough than that, I have to say. This Snopes seems sloppier than past Snopes…”
The BB doesn’t mind that Snopes is fact checking them, but they do wish that Snopes had a “satire” category:
“If they had a ‘satire’ rating, they could just stamp our stuff as satire then move on, call it a day. And you don’t have to get into our motives and what we were trying to accomplish with it. None of that is necessary. They know that. I’m not sure what their aims are here. I’m not going to guess at them. But it would be that simple in my mind…”
Then, they talked about the difference between fake news and satire. This section was actually the main part of the podcast. I stopped listening here.
Yesterday the BB published another satire post about Snopes:
That cracks me up! Plus, I like how they aren’t taking this lying down.