Babylon Bee founder Adam Ford calls out Snopes for its dishonest “fact-checking”

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The Babylon Bee is one of the most popular satire sites on the internet but for some reason, the “fact-checking” website Snopes has run multiple “fact-checks” on its clearly satirical content over the years. Now the owner Adam Ford has called out Snopes for its latest “fact-check” of a recent Babylon Bee article for being dishonest and making moral judgments.

Ford began by introducing the Snopes “fact-check” which is titled “Did a Georgia Lawmaker Claim a Chick-fil-A Employee Told Her to Go Back to Her Country?

The “fact-check” is of a recent Babylon Bee article which satirizes the recent news coverage surrounding Georgia lawmaker Erica Thomas and her claims that she was told to go back to her country during a grocery store dispute.

The Babylon Bee’s satire article is titled “Georgia Lawmaker Claims Chick-Fil-A Employee Told Her To Go Back To Her Country, Later Clarifies He Actually Said ‘My Pleasure.’

Ford then rebutted the main points of this “fact-check.” He started by highlighting that this “fact-check” is far from objective and makes a moral judgment.

After this, Ford showed how in the first two paragraphs of its “fact-check,” Snopes omits that Thomas had walked back some of her statements – key information that is relevant to the satire piece.

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Next Ford highlighted how Snopes had used further subjective statements in its supposedly objective “fact-check.”

Ford then discussed how Snopes framed this “fact-check” to make it seem like The Babylon Bee intentionally tries to fool readers, even though it clearly positions itself as a satirical site.

Once Ford was done with the details of this “fact-check,” he went on to describe how he believes it’s closer to an opinion piece or hit piece and then juxtaposed this with how Snopes uses the fear of misinformation to fundraise.

After this, Ford highlighted how Snopes treated The Onion in a much more favorable way when it “fact-checked” one of their satirical pieces.

Next Ford talked about how Snopes and other similar “fact-checking” sites are often seen as “definitive indicators of truthfulness” and that in this instance, he believes Snopes is using its trust and influence to delegitimize and demonize The Babylon Bee.

He finishes by calling on Snopes to fix both the article and its operation.

Ford’s response comes after Snopes has “fact-checked” many satirical pieces from The Babylon Bee over the last few years. Some of these “fact-checks” include “Is California Considering a Tax on Breathing?” and “Did CNN Purchase an Industrial-Sized Washing Machine to Spin News?

These “fact-checks” of The Babylon Bee aren’t the only example of Snopes’ questionable “fact-checking.” The site has previously given “unproven” and “mixture” ratings to proven facts.

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Tom Parker

Tom Parker is a head contributor for Reclaim The Net and provides news and analysis on how we can promote free speech, stop censorship, and protect our personal data online. [email protected]