“Fact” checking site Snopes seems to misunderstand satire. Or, more likely, they got bombarded with debunking requests by a storm of dimwitted twits who don’t know what satire is. Many of them are voters. Sleep tight. Anyway, Snopes has already “fact” checked Babylon Bee before. Now, Snopes want to make sure you understand Planned Parenthood didn’t really come to Bill Cosby’s defense. Even after a satire site said they did. Comedy is dead because common sense is dead. Change my mind.
“President Cecile Richards came forward to claim that since sexual assault is only about 3% of what Bill Cosby performed over his long and illustrious career, the egregious offenses should be overlooked.
“Look, guys, let’s keep this in perspective,” she said in a press conference held at Planned Parenthood’s New York offices. “Cosby provided many needed services, like laughter, stand-up comedy, and a solid sitcom. You can’t paint him with the broad brush of ‘sexual offender’ just because a very small percentage of his activities were horrifying and abusive.”
The tongue-in-cheek there should be obvious. Instead, we need a fact check on Isle 8. Bring the mop and a manager.
The Babylon Bee is an entertainment web site with long history of publishing satirical articles. In this case, the web site appears to be spoofing an often-quoted statistic about the nonprofit organization; although many people may equate it with abortion, Planned Parenthood’s annual report states that these procedures only make up 3 percent of the medical services that they provide.
The 3% statistic has already been fact-checked as being booty. So the irony of a “fact” checker using the false number as “fact” is not lost on us. Even if it is lost on Snopes. Along with their ability to even.
Full disclosure, I’ve been fooled by Babylon Bee headlines. Accidentally pitched them for an actual story. Only to have our editor-at-large text this .gif back at me.
So it’s not outside the realm of possibility that people begged Snopes to fact check the article. Have you been on Twitter lately? I rest my case. I just think it’s more likely the “fact” checkers want to make sure a Christian satire site stays marginalized as “Christian” and doesn’t go too mainstream. Despite this Cecile Richards hearts Bill Cosby story blasting through the mainstream. We just can’t have that.
Jean-Guy Tremblay does better fact checking.