New York Times Smears ‘Babylon Bee’ Satire Site as “Far-right Misinformation” – the Bee Fights Back

Information Warfare – The far-left ideological campaign to suppress and cancel any form of conservative commentary, opinion, or analysis is now extending to conservative satire. In a recent article about Facebook’s difficulty in dealing with satire, The New York Times (NYT) pointed to The Babylon Bee as an example of a “far-right misinformation site” that “sometimes trafficked in misinformation under the guise of satire.”

But as the CEO of the Bee notes in his email, this is simply ideological information warfare – “the bottom line: The New York Times is using misinformation to smear us as being a source of misinformation.”

The NYT said the Bee dishonestly “claims” to be satire to protect its presence on Facebook and other social media sites. In response to this outrageous assault on free speech, the Bee’s counsel sent a letter to The New York Times demanding a retraction. The satire site did so, they noted in an email, “because their article was—and remains—defamatory.”

In the Demand letter the Bee’s attorneys state:

Both versions of this article constitute defamation by libel, libel per se, and the tortious interference with business and contractual relations. As to the original version of your article, to ostensibly support its casted aspersions, it ironically links to another New York Times article from October 11, 2020 which is essentially a profile piece about the Babylon Bee being a legitimate satire website, and it contains no mention of “misinformation” whatsoever.Here’s a link to the demand letter.

The email from CEO Seth Dillon explained the story behind it:

In response to us making some noise about their malicious mischaracterization of us, The Times published an update. It reads:

The update is every bit as damaging (and false) as the original. We have not, in fact, feuded with Snopes as to whether we publish satire or misinformation. Snopes retracted that insinuation with an editors’ note saying it was never their intent to call our motives into question.

It’s therefore misleading and malicious to characterize that incident as a feud, as if Snopes ever openly stood by the claim that we are misinformation and not satire. This mischaracterization by The Times is obviously intended to cast doubt about our legitimacy and motives.

And these mischaracterizations are nothing new. Previously, New York Times reporter Kevin Roose wrote a defamatory piece that claimed we “capitalize on confusion” and that we have a “habit of skirting the line between misinformation and satire,” whatever that means.

Here’s the bottom line: The New York Times is using misinformation to smear us as being a source of misinformation.

TRIGGER WARNING – THIS IS NOT SATIRE – IT IS OUTRAGEOUSLY, UNBELIEVABLY TRUE ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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michael f sandler md
3 months ago

I began subscribing to the NYT in 1956, when I was a junior in high school and continued nonstop until 2-3 years ago when I could no longer accept their arrogant, liberal stance on everything or their biased, hypocritical “reporting.” Sue away and, at the very least, get an apology IN ALL CAPS printed above the fold on their front pqge

Jamey
Jamey
3 months ago

Sandler – 1939 was a good year!

Catherine
Catherine
3 months ago

Who believes anything opined by NYT!?! Not any patriot with any sense!!

Nobias
Nobias
3 months ago

Nothing new here. The left passes off facts as “satire” in an attempt to feed their Lamestream Media sheeple with useless fodder.

Snaps
Snaps
3 months ago

And the major source of misinformation in the print world–the NYT!

John jordan
John jordan
3 months ago

How about a meme of a tiny Babylon Bee buzzing about a behemoth NYT that has some of their more outrageous lies spilling out, but pointing at the BB and yelling “MISINFORMATION!”.

Ana
Ana
3 months ago

Biggest users of NYT are the homeless, 2X’s softer than Charmin.

Bill
Bill
3 months ago

The Bee truthfully is RIGHT . . .so the NYTimes has to be WRONG. . . No sane person can disagree with this statement ! !!

Jamey
Jamey
3 months ago

What the NYT does anymore should not surprise anyone. The modern Times is to the left of the old Soviet Pravda, and actually lies more than the old Soviet Union disinformation machine. The question really is, how did so many old Soviet Communists get jobs in an American newspaper – that is, a used-to-be American newspaper? Should Americans ask the Democrat Party, who seem to be the source of so much pro Communist lying and disinformation on our side of the Atlantic?

Everyone knows that, “Democrats are no damn good”! Now can we say that, “The New York Times is no damn good?!!!!”

Ben Matthews
Ben Matthews
3 months ago

And the NYT has been doing ‘misinformation’ for the Left…from at least the 1940’s under FDR. Are they claiming ‘somekinda’ patent/copyright on misinformation or fake-news, just like Pravda used to do back in days of the evil Soviet-Empire❓


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