The folks at CNN won’t be happy …
In a satirical news story designed to poke fun at CNN’s history of posting trash “news,” on Saturday the Christian conservative satirical news website known as The Babylon Bee announced that it’d just purchased CNN for $12 billion to add to its growing collection of satire news websites.
“The site announced a new acquisition this week, one that immediately made the site the largest satirical site on the planet: a purchase of competing satire site CNN for $12 billion. The move more than quadrupled the site’s catalog of hilarious, satirical articles,” the Bee wrote in a satirical press release.
The premise there was that CNN boasts a lot of fake news.
In Major Deal, The Babylon Bee Purchases Competing Satire Site CNN https://t.co/4OVSh4yd2F
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) January 25, 2020
“We’ve long admired CNN’s ability to parody leftist media organizations so effortlessly, and we’re thrilled to have them under The Babylon Bee’s umbrella,” The Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon said in an equally satirical statement.
“When you can’t compete with hilarious satire like CNN, you obviously look for ways to get them on your team, and an acquisition seemed to make the most sense.”
The Bee took an especially brutal shot at CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, who, besides being unable to understand the purpose of satire, boasts a weekday newsletter that habitually contains nothing but Democrat talking points.
Published last Friday, the latest edition of his newsletter attempted to prematurely shut down President Donald Trump’s legal defense (as per his ongoing trial) by complaining about a “storm of disinformation.”
To bolster this point, his team decided to trot out a quote from disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was terminated from his post in early January of 2018 after he leaked documents to the media and then lied about it to investigators.
Using a discredited liar as a source is admittedly quite comical, which may explain why the Bee decided one day later to “purchase CNN.”
“Brian Stelter will produce satirical videos for The Babylon Bee, moving the site into the realm of video content for the first time. Again, though, his show’s content will remain unchanged,” the site’s satirical press release continued.
So be on the lookout for more quotes from McCabe.
So on a more serious note, why do you suppose the Bee has targeted CNN so much as of late? Speaking with Fox News host Tucker Carlson earlier this month, Dillon, the site’s CEO, pointed out that in reality, CNN has been on his site’s case for months now.
How? By repeatedly accusing the site of spreading so-called “misinformation” and exploiting Facebook’s rules to spread “fake news.”
The implicit suggestion has been that the Bee needs to be banned from FB.
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. https://t.co/HnDjuqw2si
— Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) January 5, 2020
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.
— Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) January 5, 2020
Here is the tweet where @brianstelter claims:
“The Babylon Bee is a fake news site. They call it “satire.”
— sawhill (@sawhill) July 30, 2019
“[W]hile they’re not actively and openly calling for us to be deplatformed, it’s implicit when they say ‘these guys are spreading misinformation, they just call themselves the satire site to get around Facebook’s rules,’ and things like that,” Dillon said.
“If it’s true and they are not spreading fake news about us and really being honest. Facebook should shut it down, right? That would be the proper response to a site that’s just misinforming people on purpose. So, that seems to be their goal. And they just don’t like the targets we are aiming at.”
The evidence lies in the fact that CNN has never complained about The Onion, a popular satirical website that leans to the left politically versus the right.
This isn’t to the say that the Bee only targets left-wingers.
“I think one of the things that’s really refreshing about The Babylon Bee is there’s a lot of self-deprecating humor. We poke at Trump a lot. The right is not off-limits. We’re a Christian satire site. Christians aren’t off-limits,” Dillon explained.
“We often throw things with a projector up on the wall that are our own issues that we try to deal with and say are we comfortable with this? It’s very interesting to us that, rather than recognizing the fact that, you know, we kind of hit all sides, we are pretty balanced with it.”
Unlike CNN, which almost always seems to push a left-wing narrative.
Listen to the discussion below (disable your adblocker if the video doesn’t appear):
(Source: Fox News)
As of Sunday morning, CNN had not yet responded to the satirical news report that it’d been sold to The Babylon Bee. If and when a response does appear, you can expect it to be as sour as a Granny Smith apple.
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