Extremely popular satire website The Babylon Bee has once again been targeted by CNN, as one of their reporters strongly insinuated the Christian comedy team has nefarious motives and intentionally seeks to spread harmful misinformation and fool the public.
Faithwire spoke with Bee Editor-In-Chief Kyle Mann about the latest attack, in which CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan accused the site of spreading “clickbait and misinformation” and doing so in the name of satire.
“Whenever they do it, it always seems like they assign sinister motives to our particular brand of satire. Like, because we’re making fun of the left, there must be something wrong with this, it must be fake news. There’s always this implication we’re intentionally deceiving people, which isn’t the case,” Mann explained to Faithwire’s Dan Andros.
Mann said he and his team have never objected to the idea of fact-checkers making sure people know what is satire and what isn’t. “Ever since satire has been written, people misunderstand it. As long as satire is being written, there will be someone who is confused by it,” he explained.
It’s the application of sinister motives that troubles Mann.
That gives behemoths like Facebook, Google, YouTube, and other large information gatekeepers a basis to de-platform publishers they deem “fake news” and wipe entire brands out of existence overnight.
Mann later offers a “public service” to CNN and others confused by satire, going through a handful of Bee articles and (hilariously) pointing to (obvious) red flags that help identify whether or not a story is fake news.
Check out the full interview above.