Big Tech Now Fact Checking Satire Sites

Facebook, Instagram and other social media monopolists are ramping up efforts to block conservative messaging before the 2020 election, but something funny happened with their ongoing efforts to curb our freedom of speech.

It isn’t the first time that the Big Tech speech police are explaining why they got caught fact checking a website devoted to satire.

It takes a real stroke of genius to fact check a website that illustrates absurdity by being absurd, but Facebook has managed to exceed irony expectations by fact checking a Christian satire site and warning its readers that the satire being flagged isn’t true. Duh!

Let’s get this straight.  Media outlets can broadcast and print rumors, innuendos and outright lies about the president and conservatives and that’s okay.

Intelligence agencies and federal law enforcement can use all manner of tools known to be illegal against a political candidate and president and that’s considered a routine investigation.

But a satirical website that openly promotes itself as parody and satire spoofs these same stories that are in the news 24/7, and that website can be flagged and banned from public view because visitors may not be able to distinguish the parody from the real fake news?

The room is spinning; I need to sit down.

According to Big League Politics, recently The Babylon Bee posted an article on freshman representative Ilhan Omar’s comments criticizing Israel for retaliating after Palestinians fired over 600 rockets into Israeli territory.

The Bee headline attributed to Omar read: “Ilhan Omar: ‘If Israel Is So Innocent, Then Why Do They Insist On Being Jews?'”

The article also quoted Michigan Democrat Representative Rashida Tlaib as tweeting, “It’s a very provocative region to insist on being Jews.  Couldn’t they find somewhere else to be Jews where it’s not so dehumanizing to the people around them?”

When a lawyer and political activist posted this article on Facebook, he was stunned to have it flagged as a HOAX ALERT by Facebook fact checkers LeadStories.com.

This isn’t the first time The Babylon Bee was fact checked by the Big Tech speech police.

In February 2018 the Washington Post reported that fact checker Snopes.com flagged the Bee when they published a farcical post about the Collusion News Network (CNN) buying an industrial strength washing machine to help “spin” the issues.

“The custom-made device allows CNN reporters to load just the facts of a given issue, turn a dial to ‘spin cycle,’ and within five minutes, receive a nearly unrecognizable version of the story that’s been spun to fit with the news station’s agenda,” the Bee reported.

Two things we’ve always known about liberals: 1) They have no sense of humor on issues involving themselves, and 2) They are more sanctimonious than James Comey in front of a mirror.

‘Oblivious to irony’ should be another character trait applied to the identity politics party.

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to all those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country.  For those who don’t, God bless you but there’s nothing here for you to see. 

Sources: bigleaguepolitics.com, babylonbee.com, washingtonpost.com

Photo Sources: theopinionator.com, nbcnews.com, behindthequest

Copyright 2019, Dean A. George©

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