The battle over what constitutes the truth has taken a bizarre turn, yet again, at the hands of the internet “fact checkers” known as Snopes.com.
In the months following President Trump’s election, the liberal left needed a scapegoat for their lack of efficacy. They simply could not fathom the reality that railroading Hillary Clinton into the nomination through their rigging of 2016 election cost them the White House, despite the mass exodus of Bernie Sanders’ supporters from the proceedings.
It’s never their fault when they lose, apparently.
And so the democrats and their media lapdogs went after the alternative news outlets of the internet using the concept of “fact checking”. Snopes, a site that was once a campy little place to check on the authenticity of strange YouTube videos and urban legends, soon became one of the biggest names in the game, and their targets quickly became conservative media narratives that dispelled the mainstream narratives of the corporately compromised “news” organizations.
The problem here is that Snopes is woefully inept at their new job, as evidenced by their “fact checking” efforts against blatantly satirical websites such as The Babylon Bee.
The issue came to a head again this week.
The astringently humorless “fact check” squad at Snopes.com just keeps ripping the Babylon Bee website, painting their satire as “misinformation.” This time, Ellie Gardey at the Daily Caller forced Snopes to revise their “fact check” and add actual facts.
The Bee was mocking Georgia state Rep. Erica Thomas for claiming a man told her to “go back” to where she came from in the Express Lane at the local Publix supermarket. They inserted the eternally gracious staff at Chick-fil-A into the scene for laughs: “Georgia Lawmaker Claims Chick-Fil-A Employee Told Her To Go Back To Her Country, Later Clarifies He Actually Said ‘My Pleasure.’”
Snopes launched its attack, complaining “We’re not sure if fanning the flames of controversy and muddying the details of a news story classify an article as ‘satire.'”
Unfortunately for Snopes, this is not correct. Satire is humor, and humor can be as fantastical as it need be. The individual responsibility of the user is not under Snopes’ purview, no matter how important they believe they are.
The Bee stung back.
The shameless clickbait-specialists of Snopes slammed the Bee for “an apparent attempt to maximize the online indignation.” This spurred a long Twitter thread by Babylon Bee founder Adam Ford. He was offended: “What a subjective and malicious statement! This is a ‘fact check’?”
No, it is not a “fact check”. It’s an assault on an ideology that Snopes is being asked to suppress.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.