I’m so old, I remember when Snopes was a reliable fact-checker. I suppose their latest is not technically unreliable, even it if it is hilariously unnecessary.

The Babylon Bee is a well-known satire site and yet, Snopes fact-checked one of their recent posts. They may as well fact check The Onion.

In any case, The Babylon Bee poked fun at both CNN and Jussie Smollett (the actor recently embroiled in an alleged hate crime hoax) in a satirical piece suggesting CNN offered Smollett a job.

Though Snopes acknowledged the Bee is a satire site, they fact-checked anyway:

On 18 February 2019, the Babylon Bee website added their own fictional twist to this story when they published an article reporting that Smollett had been offered a job at the CNN.

The network, according to the Babylon Bee, was reportedly impressed with Smollett’s ability to fabricate a story out of thin air:

While Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been having a tough week so far, there appears to be a silver lining: cable news channel CNN has offered Smollett a job as an investigative reporter and on-air anchor after witnessing his skills at fabricating a story entirely out of thin air.

CNN producers were reportedly impressed throughout the ongoing saga of Smollett’s apparent hoax attack on himself. They realized early on the facts didn’t add up but were fascinated with how well the actor kept the narrative going. An HR rep quickly reached out to Smollett to see if he’d be interested in taking on a position at the news organization after news broke that the entire thing was probably fabricated.

This was not a genuine news story, although some readers mistook it for such. The Babylon Bee is a satirical website whose disclaimer notes that “The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.”

And The Babylon Bee’s response was exactly as it should be:

 
 
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