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CNN fighting with Babylon Bee over who has the fakest news

CNN fighting with Babylon Bee over who has the fakest news

The Babylon Bee is an openly satire site. CNN is not, but it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference.

CNN has been racing to the ratings bottom for years now, and their latest ridiculous attacks on the satiric website the Babylon Bee are sure to help them along the way.

The wildly popular Christian satire site has come under fire from CNN before, but this time, it’s CNN that reads like satire.

It all started with an article the Bee, a self-described “Trusted Source For Christian News Satire” site, published that poked fun at the Democrats’ reaction to President Trump ordering the strike on Iranian terror master Qassem Soleimani

The satiric piece entitled Democrats Call For Flags To Be Flown At Half-Mast To Grieve Death Of Soleimani is hilarious, and like all good satire, it works because it’s an exaggeration of something that is actually happening.

CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan read a tweet about how popular the piece is and immediately took issue with the Bee.  It seems, much to his and CNN’s chagrin that the Bee‘s article received more social media engagement than top stories at the New York Times and CNN had over the course of a full week.

Normal people do not find this surprising . . . except perhaps the fact that the NYTimes and CNN have their stories shared half a million times over the course of a week.

I have no idea what that is supposed to mean.  O’Sullivan seems to be engaging in some sort of wild conspiracy theory.  The Bee is “burying” the fact it’s a satire site to circumvent Facebook rules in order to do what exactly? And for whom?  Tinfoil hat territory here.

The problem, of course, is that the Bee is immensely popular on the right, so it must be crushed.

Interestingly, O’Sullivan doesn’t seem to have the same problem with the Onion.

After all, as Babylon Bee founder Adam Ford pointed out, people often are mislead by Onion articles, too, and think them real until they learn they are satire.

“A CNN reporter is taking shots at the Bee because our articles get shared a lot and some people think they’re real (which will always happen with satire). After thinking ‘how adorable,’ I thought, ‘well surely this guy has chirped at the Onion for the same thing…” Babylon Bee founder Adam Ford responded. “There are websites dedicated to chronicling reactions from people who think Onion stories are real. Foreign leaders have famously been fooled by Onion articles. And this guy’s bio says he ‘covers disinformation’ for CNN. Surely he has taken the Onion to task as well, yes?”

He continued, “As it turns out, Mr. O’Sullivan HAS tweeted about the Onion. But it looks like he’s quite the fan!”

The response to O’Sullivan’s Twitter meltdown has been hilarious.

This is a point that the Bee picked up,too, with its recent post entitled “CNN Attacks Babylon Bee: ‘The Internet Is Only Big Enough For One Fake News Site’.”

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UnCivilServant | January 8, 2020 at 7:04 am

I’m a bit surprised you left out the previous Bee article: “CNN: ‘Trump Voter Shoots Mentally Ill Man In Church'”.

JackinSilverSpring | January 8, 2020 at 7:53 am

Sean Davis’ tweet is the best of the lot. It was LOL worthy.

Exhibit One: Only very, very stupid people do not understand the satire of The Babylon Bee.

Exhibit Two: CNN.

I rest my case.

    Lanceman in reply to Romey. | January 8, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    You’d be surprised at how many retards exist out there that reply to Sean Spicier’s twitter feed.

    4fun in reply to Romey. | January 8, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    A lot of people sharing this “satirical” story on Facebook don’t know it is satire.

    — Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) January 5, 2020
    Somehow I suspect donie isn’t real bright. Not at all. Probably licked the windows on the short bus to his special school for his special classes. Only an idiot – or a cnn hack – would think Babylon Bee isn’t a satire site.

One of the fundamental sayings for Christian Satire comes into play here: The Devil will not be mocked!

Donie O’Sullivan is a white male. His opinion means nothing.

Unless he’s L, G, B, T, or Q, of course.

Humor is a powerful weapon. The left (CNN being their flagship) is shooting blanks.

We’re overlooking the fact, perhaps because we’re not surprised, that we’re assumed to be too unintelligent to know it’s satire before sharing.

“A lot of people sharing this “satirical” story on Facebook don’t know it is satire.”

How in the hell do you know this, Donie? Did you conduct a poll?

Also, eat a salad.

This is stupid on many levels.
As everyone knows, CNN is no longer even a shell of what it was during the height of the Gulf war when Wolf Blitzer and others covered the attacks.

But the idea of comparing the number of posts shared of the Babylon Bee and a story from CNN is profoundly irrational.
One could compare the number of posts of today’s news vs the posts of pictures of people’s lunches. The lunches would win.

They didn’t even bother to do a statistical analysis of the categories of the most shared stories or pictures. Comedic posts are no doubt one of the most shared categories.

Speaking of satire… CNN has a little leprechaun-looking douche-bag named “Donie O’Sullivan” on as a reporter. THAT is satire. Right?

I hadda larf at this juan:

“Democrats Grasping At Straws To Impeach Trump Now Regret Banning Straws”

American Human | January 8, 2020 at 11:41 am

I see that Mr. O’Sullivan needs this:

CNN’s reaction to this is the very definition of “butt hurt”.

Sorry, CNN’s dead right this time. This crap’s not really all that funny. Once it’s retweeted and the “Babylon Bee” name is stripped out, it becomes the rankest of propaganda. It’s then no funnier than Schiff reading a fake transcript of the Trump/Zelensky phone call into the Congressional Record, then claiming it was satire. Michael Moore used to pull the same trick—trumpet a bald-faced lie, then when called out say “hey, chill out, man, it’s humor!” thus trying to blame the victim for his own rancid behavior. “You’re too dumb to realize that my slanderous attack is hiding under the guise of humor, hyuck, hyuck!”

Recall that a man recently was released after seven years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit. The woman who accused him was trying to solicit sympathy from another woman, so made up a rape story. She later said that it never occurred to her that the guy would actually be convicted, since there were no witnesses and not a shred of evidence. Fake stories really aren’t all that funny. But anyone who points that out must be “too dumb to know that it’s humor”—maybe dumb enough to send a man to jail. Hyuck, hyuck, a real knee-slapper, that, right?

    healthguyfsu in reply to tom_swift. | January 8, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Apparently, you forgot to add a trigger warning to your article.

    mochajava76 in reply to tom_swift. | January 8, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Yes, i agree that fake news can be a problem.
    And the bigger problem is that people don’t even do a basic Google search to vet the info before forwarding.

    But you compare apples to oranges. When Schiff reads a parody, he speaks as a Congressman, and he knows he is stating a parody (=lying).
    When the average Joe or Suzy Crumbcakes resends fake news, if they remove the source (in this case, Babylon Bee), that is bad. But I don’t believe it is as bad as a government leader doing this. Or CNN when they edit a photo or a video to give a bad impression of Trump. Think throwing away fish food in Japan.

    People do not think and drift towards fideism. just believing because they want to. That is bad.

    But let’s not equate Suzy C. doing it with Schiff or CNN doing it. And in the case of the Babylon Bee, they NEVER claim it is a true event.

      mochajava76 in reply to mochajava76. | January 8, 2020 at 4:12 pm

      second from last sentence should be:

      “People do not think, and [so] drift towards fideism. just believing because they want to. That is bad.

        healthguyfsu in reply to mochajava76. | January 8, 2020 at 10:57 pm

        I had to do a double take at your last line before you posted the erratum.

        I was like…that’s kind of opposite of the truth 🙂

    Blackgriffin in reply to tom_swift. | January 8, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Brian Stelter, is that you?

    Wait… you’re equating a fake rape allegation to a satire web site?

I wonder if the end result will be CNN needing to list itself as a parody site.

“A lot of people sharing this “satirical” story on Facebook don’t know it is satire.”

Where is the statistical evidence to back up this claim? Was there a poll? Focus group?

Where do they find these people willing to sell their country out so cheaply?

Don’t forget The Peoples Cube.

They’re called fluffy slippers in Britain. Often, in pink..

I hate to break this to you Donnie, but more people watch test patterns at 2 AM in Rapid City, SD than watch CNN. How can anyone take a network featuring on-air “adults” with names like Donnie and Poppy seriously?

    barbara in reply to bw222. | January 8, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    “more people watch test patterns at 2 AM in Rapid City, SD than watch CNN”

    ROFLMAO! Yee-ouch. 😀

So how much did the Babylon Bee pay the Covington kids? Maybe they need a disclaimer hidden on their site too.