A conservative radio host says left-leaning media outlets are having trouble telling the difference between satire and fake news.
According to The New York Times, The Babylon Bee "sometimes trafficked in misinformation under the guise of satire." In an article titled "For Political Cartoonists, the Irony Was That Facebook Didn’t Recognize Irony," technology correspondent Mike Issac writes that satire "kept popping up as a blind spot" in Facebook's effort to combat "misinformation" and "hate speech."
The Times considers liberal satire websites like The Onion to be just satirical websites that are simply caught up in Facebook's efforts to police the public discourse. Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon is talking to his lawyers about the situation.
Jeff Crank, host of "The Jeff Crank Show," says Facebook and the Times both have a blind spot.
"They seem to think that the First Amendment only applies to their side of a political argument, and that's just not the way the First Amendment was written," he responds.
Facebook claims conservative misinformation radicalizes people and contributes to the rise of white supremacy.
"It has no more basis in truth than the people that are radicalized, firebombing federal courthouses for months on end now on the left," Crank submits. "Why aren't we worried about shutting down their free-speech rights?"
Crank finds it rich that The New York Times and Facebook are so concerned about misinformation.
"This is the newspaper that for the last three and a half years trafficked in misinformation about the Russian collusion and the hoax of that," he points out.
According to the SGT Report, the line between reality and satire "has gotten blurrier over the years," which is why The Babylon Bee has also created a sister site, Not the Bee, as a source for true stories that may appear satirical at first glance.