Last Updated on August 20, 2019
Christian satire website The Babylon Bee says Snopes is intentionally defaming the publication with its recent decision to name Babylon Bee and conservative satire “a problem for democracy”.
In an email sent to fans of the satire website that was obtained by National File, Babylon Bee says “Snopes is at it again”, and explains that the once-respected Internet fact checking website has honed in on Christian satire as a major societal ill that must be acknowledged.
“We had hoped that a demand letter from our attorneys would prompt changes. And it seemed to,” wrote the Christian satire website. “Snopes did go back and edit their defamatory fact-check, revising some of the language that suggested we were deliberately misleading people.”
However, the reprieve from Snopes’ quest to see Babylon Bee eradicated was short, according to the publication:
However, they’ve subsequently published a new rating for satire called “Labeled Satire.” Their explanation of this rating says the label “satire” is often misapplied to content that doesn’t really qualify as satire — and Snopes has made it clear that they feel our content falls into that category. From their view, we’re just pretenders, using the label “satire” to our advantage so we can hoodwink the masses. It’s really extraordinary, especially since they’ve acknowledged in private communication with us that there is a “clear distinction” between our satire and intentionally misleading fake news. For some reason, they refuse to acknowledge the clear distinction in their published articles.
Babylon Bee also explains that Snopes is now pushing a survey suggesting the Christian satire website, and all “satire is causing too much confusion,” and “posing ‘a problem for democracy.’:
The research conducted for this survey appears to be shoddy at best. But that didn’t stop Snopes from using it to advance the narrative that our content is deceptive and problematic.
The feud between Snopes, which has been widely discredited in recent years as a far-left organization bent on discrediting conservatives and advancing the cause of big tech censorship, and Babylon Bee is one of the strangest features of the modern Internet.
Most widely acknowledge it started when Snopes published an absurd fact check, informing its readers that a Babylon Bee article suggesting CNN purchased an “industrial size washing-machine” to “spin” the news was fake news.
This, however, came after a long period of conflict. In 2017, Babylon Bee published an articled titled “Snopes Rates Babylon Bee World’s Most Accurate News Source”.
Ironically, Snopes is currently begging for cash to stay afloat on GoFundMe. Shockingly, they’ve raised over $1 million in a whopping 25 months of begging for money.