A bee in their bonnet

Today’s mainstream media (MSM) and main social media networks have become behemoths that behave like they are expected to in a china store.

With one proviso: behemoths are thick-skinned, and today’s mainstream media and main social media networks aren’t.

There’s as much to cry about in today’s world as there is much to laugh about. News media provide us with material to cause us to shed bitter tears galore. Satirical sites have been springing up throughout to give us at least some sense of balance.

Two best known in the English-speaking world: The Onion and The Babylon Bee.

The former is generally described as left-leaning, the latter the opposite, right-leaning, that is.

Of course, these characterisations have been obsolete since a few hours after they had been adopted centuries ago in France, but that’s another issue for another day.

Suffice it to say that this is how many of their readers view the two sites.

The most unfortunate thing happens to be that this is also how the MSM and the major social media networks view them, too.

The strangest part is that, while The Onion gets away with character assassination after character assassination, The Babylon Bee doesn’t.

The Onion gets away even with its persistent misspelling of its editor’s name. Trying to be funny, s/he signs her/his name as Zweibel. The proper German spelling: Zwiebel. But let’s assume that even the misspelling has been committed in a (futile) attempt to look funny.

Fake fact-checking

The Grey Old Lady, the paper that claims that it publishes all the news that’s fit to print, a.k.a. the New York Times, has seen fit to start fact-checking items that The Babylon Bee saw fit to publish. The funniest part, if it wasn’t so tragic, was that The Babylon Bee’s motto, repeated time after time after time says that the site is the best ever source of fake news you can find anywhere.

So, was the Grey Lady’s fact-checking supposed to be satirical, too, or was it yet another make-work project for people who wouldn’t know journalism if it hit them between the eyes?

The Babylon Bee went after the Grey Lady with a very proper vengeance, and the Queen of political correctness, as well as Mistress of cancel and woke cultures, had to retract and apologise.

Snopes, years ago a relatively reliable fact-checker that had turned into a laughable attempt at investigative journalism, tried to fact-check the openly-admitted fake news that had appeared on The Babylon Bee, with gales of laughter rising around it.

Now, Seth Dillon, CEO of The Babylon Bee, has come up with another interesting piece of news, and no, this time, it’s not fake: Facebook will be moderating satire.

The idea is to make sure that no satire “punches down,” whatever THAT is supposed to mean.

The victims that deserve protection will be decided upon by Facebook and its bunch of illiterate half-wits who pose as their fact-checkers.

Take aim at anything that Facebook deems deserves protection, and it won’t qualify as what Facebook describes as “true satire.”

Jokes that “punch down” are simply hatred disguised as satire. In Facebook’s own words: “Indeed, humour can be an effective mode of communicating hateful ideas.”

Of course, who cares about Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher and author, considered by many the father of satire (and comedy itself)?

The village idiots at 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park, California, know better.

CEO Dillon thinks it’s not a coincidence that the openly left-leaning Slate magazine published a piece accusing The Babylon Bee of having a “nasty tendency to punch down.” This prime example of hate speech appeared on Slate mere days after Facebook had made its historical announcements that it is now arbiter elegantiarum in all matters funny.

A familiar pattern

When the Marxists and their ilk failed with their attempts to push through their antagonistic contradictions theories based on class status, they switched, with incredible flexibility, to antagonistic contradictions theories based on race.

The Babylon Bee beat them to the punch by declaring openly it’s all about fake news and nothing but. The MSM and the Big Tech social media guys have been looking for other ways to get rid of this annoying site that has found ways how to irk them by making fun of them.

Hatred has become their newest battle cry, le mot du jour.

They use a relatively new method, described by a relatively new word: deplatform.

Whether it’ll work against The Babylon Bee (or anyone else, for that matter) remains to be seen.

As CEO Dillon puts it, his site is punching back, and if there’s any vertical dimension, it’s punching up, against a very mighty group of very mighty and influential people.

He has a very recent example to prove his case.

The Babylon Bee used the Mailchimp e-mail provider to distribute its newsletters.

Mailchimp had the gall to suspend the site’s e-mail service recently. As CEO Dillon describes it, Mailchimp cited “harmful information” as the reason for the suspension, but they would admit that it was a mistake and quickly reinstate the account.

Well, that provider has just lost a source of income.

Mailchimp has been exercising viewpoint discrimination under the guise of protecting the public from harmful misinformation, CEO Dillon said, adding that his company have no interest in staying on a platform that’s looking for excuses to censor its users by literally scanning the content of their e-mails.

That they reversed their decision matters little: it can happen again. So, The Babylon Bee has found another provider. To hell with Mailchimp.

Deplatforming, you see, can go both ways.

And if it hits the censors where it hurts the most, in their wallet, that is, so much the better.

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