The Babylon Bee took a satirical shot at CNN that had many thinking it resembled the network’s actual reporting.
The website known for its sense of irony and delivering news with a heavy dose of satire jabbed CNN in its coverage of the hero dog that President Trump said helped in “capturing and killing” ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi! pic.twitter.com/PDMx9nZWvw
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2019
Trump tweeted a “declassified” photo of the dog on Monday, hailing the “wonderful” canine for his assistance in chasing Baghdadi through the tunnel in his Syrian compound where he was eventually cut off in a dead-end and died when he detonated a suicide vest.
Likely a Belgian Malinois, the hero dog’s name is still classified though it was revealed he was slightly injured in the mission, yet reportedly making a full recovery.
“We are not releasing the name of the dog right now,” Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told reporters Monday. “We’re protecting his identity.”
“The dog is still in theater, returned to duty with its handler, so we’re not going to release just yet photos or names of dogs, or anything else,” he said, adding that “the military working dog performed a tremendous service as they all do in a variety of situations.”
While reports circulated about the K9’s important role in the mission, The Babylon Bee figured CNN’s take on the story would be markedly different.
CNN Uncovers Evidence Hero Dog Sniffed Dozens Of Butts Back In Collegehttps://t.co/qu2qTWe9A5
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) October 28, 2019
In the “exclusive” report, CNN supposedly “searched through the dog’s internet history and college yearbooks” following the reports of the hero’s actions.
“Sure enough, CNN found a picture of the Hero Dog partying at obedience school. In the picture, the dog is seen sniffing a butt without consent,” the “report” continued. “Troubling reports from classmates indicate that the dog sniffed all these butts without consent. The dog wrote cryptic things in his college yearbook, apparently referring to different butt-sniffing maneuvers such as the Surprise Sniffarooski and the Canine’s Triangle.”
“Democrats immediately called for the dog to be court-martialed and for the death of Baghdadi to be overturned,” the piece concluded.
Readers used to The Bee’s brand of satire found the article hilarious and strangely similar to the reporting on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination hearings.
Some thought the piece could actually have been a real CNN report – or any other liberal media.
I know it’s satire, but it’s sooo close to actual CNN reporting that it’s hard to tell the difference. https://t.co/2MwJejtMQa
— Paul Vautrain (@Winjerone) October 28, 2019
CNN doxing hero dog
— khicks (@nkinghicks1) October 28, 2019
The sad part is that with the way @CNN conducts themselves today, it’s hard to decipher if this is real or not
— DestinyQuestsHQ (@HqQuests) October 28, 2019
BREAKING: MSNBC has uncovered video of “hero” dog allegedly acting out while in a Virginia obedience school. pic.twitter.com/EttJCIcghK
— James Mach (@jpm248) October 28, 2019
Many took to Twitter to show their appreciation.
This is my favorite investigative reporting ever done by the Bee. Kudos on an explosive expose!
— Nancy Heitmeyer (@heitmeyernancy) October 29, 2019
You guys are awesome! pic.twitter.com/gijEEhMlcH
— Marie Ryan ? (@Ilium2001) October 28, 2019
There’s also a report of a whistleblower but only he can hear it.
— Ugly Cat Joe (@kyhawks32) October 29, 2019
Kavanaugh knew this guy in college.
— SmilingAssassin27 (@RJCHVZ) October 28, 2019
I saw an MSNBC report that he once dressed up as a black lab for a fraternity party.
— Doc (@TurdFergusonDMD) October 28, 2019
Bravo. Really this is perfect ?
— GumShoeshi (@Shoeshi13) October 28, 2019
Probably the most accurate representation of how crazy the woke cancel culture is! https://t.co/R1g9ys4GgO
— #GTHC (@DrEw_Morris_78) October 28, 2019
For the win! https://t.co/eCo709o752
— Chase Cubicle Smurf Roubideaux (@ChaseRoubideaux) October 29, 2019
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