A left-wing fact-checking website ran a fact-check report this week of a satire piece that’d been written about socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Titled “Ocasio-Cortez Appears On ‘The Price Is Right,’ Guesses Everything Is Free,” the piece appeared on the known satirical website The Babylon Bee. It was designed to poke fun at the young congresswoman’s economic illiteracy, know-it-all attitude and love for socialism.
“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was pumped to attend a taping of The Price Is Right in Hollywood this week. … Things got interesting when the game began and every time it was her turn to estimate the price of an item her answer was ‘free,'” the piece reads.
“Items included a set of Italian leather handbags, an all expenses paid trip to the Bahamas, and a brand new 2019 BMW 330i, at all of which Ocasio-Cortez shouted, ‘FREE!'”
It was obviously satire. The website literally says at the bottom, “The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.” It’s essentially a Christian version of The Onion.
The virulently left-wing activists who founded and run Snopes nevertheless felt it necessary to publish a fact-check of this clear-cut satire piece. Why? To protect AOC, most likely.
— snopes.com (@snopes) April 16, 2019
This stunning fact-check provoked a lot of mockery from social media users:
— DeanLogic ♎ (@DeanLogic) April 17, 2019
— Austin Goins (@Noble0o7) April 17, 2019
Everybody knows that @TheDemocrats dont’t have a sense of humor. But this…my gosh. I’m starting to feel bad for them. (No I’m not)
— Sandman (@gregsand84) April 17, 2019
Snopes out here fact-checking memes.
It’s embarrassing that some people take them seriously.
— Ben Jammin ?? (@xBenJamminx) April 17, 2019
Snopes. Seriously. Did you really need to do this? If you had enough people that thought this image, or the article it accompanied, needed snoping, then that says more about the people you made it for than anything. This is getting ridiculous.
— ?????? ???? (@In_Case_Im_Fake) April 17, 2019
The internet’s definitive #factchecking resource.? YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A JOKE!!! This was CLEARLY parody. Can you stop the pretense that you are fair and impartial already and just admit you exist to carry @TheDemocRATS water? #Pathetic #Hypocrites #DumbAsAOC
— Carlisleboy (@Carlisleboy) April 17, 2019
Snopes’ chief beef was with the featured photo The Babylon Bee had used for its piece.
“In mid-April 2019, an image supposedly showing U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez guessing that the cost of an item was ‘free’ during an appearance on the daytime television game show ‘The Price is Right’ started circulating on social media,” the fact-check reads.
“This viral image combined a photograph of the congresswoman during her appearance on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ in June 2018 with a still from an October episode of ‘The Price is Right.’ The image of her was slotted directly in front of the center contestant.”
The folks at Snopes even created a “collage” to prove this:
*look of complete shock*
This isn’t the first time that Snopes has conducted fact-checks of satire to protect AOC. Nor is it the first time that the left-wing fact-checking website has picked on The Babylon Bee.
Numerous other examples exist:
Was “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett offered a job at CNN?
— snopes.com (@snopes) February 22, 2019
Fact Check: Did Democrats draft legislation that would make eating at Chick-fil-A a hate crime?
— snopes.com (@snopes) June 17, 2018
Did Democrats Demand That Brett Kavanaugh Submit to a DNA Test to Prove He’s Not Actually Hitler? https://t.co/OsIS4lWZq0
— snopes.com (@snopes) September 7, 2018
It seems as if the website rushes to the rescue whenever any satirical website, including The Babylon Bee, runs a parody that mocks congressional Democrats, but especially AOC.
If you search for “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” on Snopes’ website, you’ll find pages and pages of fact-checks of mainly satirical pieces, memes, jokes and other material meant to make people laugh.
What you won’t find are many, if any, fact-checks of the socialist congresswoman herself. For instance, you won’t find a fact-check of the lie she told she told last year when she claimed that the United States didn’t add criminal penalties to immigration law until 1999.
Nor will you find a fact-check of the lie she told earlier this year when she touted her willingness to pay her staffers with what she called a “living wage.” She either forgot or purposefully chose not to mention that she wasn’t the one funding her staffers’ salaries.
What you will find at Snopes, amazingly enough, are numerous pro-AOC lies.
Case in point: After an ethics watchdog group filed a complaint with the Federal Election Committee last month accusing Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, of misusing money collected by two of his pro-AOC political action committees. Snopes issued a piece full of lies to protect her.
Snopes Gets Key Facts Wrong On Ocasio-Cortez Campaign Finance Scandal https://t.co/Q2LxJRnIZN
— Mike ‘Thomas Paine’ Moore (@Thomas1774Paine) March 10, 2019
Snopes has long been accused of being a left-wing propaganda outfit versus a serious fact-checker, and well, its most recent “fact-check” has only cemented this belief in the minds of many.
What started as a small fact checking site turned into a leftist propaganda organization.
— Anton Zilwicky (@antonzilwicky54) April 18, 2019
There is no more shameless a propaganda outlet than Snopes. The etherwebs should do humankind a service and delete that site and all the ones and zeros that made it possible.
— MoeTheMenace (@MoeTheMenace1) April 17, 2019
Jesus Christ. No one believed that shit. If she was on the price is right you would have had 100 “news agencies” (otherwise known as propaganda outlets) covering it.
— They call me Q (@Ryan58377157) April 17, 2019
Parody or not this is exactly how seriously you should take snopes. They’re a propaganda rag for the left.
— Ryan Fairbanks (@RyanFairbanks8) April 17, 2019
Snopes was never meant to be a truth teller. Snopes was purely and financially created to be a propaganda arm. From the beginning. Sorry.
— just me (@justme_87_) April 15, 2019
Snopes is a lefty propaganda arm. Don’t believe anything they say.
— JAMIE (@fire_pollard) April 17, 2019