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The Babylon Bee’s editor-in-chief Kyle Mann sat down with The Todd Starnes Show this week to discuss how politics, religion, and humor blend together at his satirical website.
“We’re a Christian satire site,” Mann said. “We’ve been made fun of by the left for years.”
“You’ve got the left not used to being the target of satire and humor,” Mann told Starnes. “It was pretty obvious that they just didn’t like being the butt of the joke.” Check out Mann’s full interview here.
CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan, who covers “disinformation, politics and technology,” blasted The Babylon Bee because so many readers shared a “satirical story.”
The story poked fun at the reaction from Democrats after a U.S. airstrike took out Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani. “Democrats Call For Flags To Be Flown At Half-Mast to Grieve Death of Soleimani,” the Bee’s headline read.
“Having a disclaimer buried somewhere on your site that says it’s ‘satire’ seems like a good way to get around a lot of the changes Facebook has made to reduce the spread of clickbait and misinformation,” O’Sullivan wrote on Twitter.
“Having a disclaimer buried somewhere on your site that says it’s ‘satire’ seems like a good way to get around a lot of the changes Facebook has made to reduce the spread of clickbait and misinformation,” O’Sullivan elaborated before pointing to Facebook users whose comments suggest they believe the satirical piece.
O’Sullivan clearly is one of those perpetually offended snowflakes who can’t take a joke — just like most leftists.
Mann said it’s “par for the course for Christians” to be the subject of jokes.
“We’re always the butt of the joke,” Mann said.
The Bee describes itself as “the world’s best satire site, totally inerrant in all its truth claims.”
“We get revelations from God every day,” Mann told Starnes. “We believe God has a sense of humor and He wants us to use the sense of human that He’s given us in order to communicate truth to a culture that doesn’t believe in truth anymore.”
“Satire has a very unique way of cutting through a lot of the noise to make important points,” he added. “We believe that satire is an extremely important tool that God has given us.”
As a Christian, Mann said most other Christians “tend to like being make fun of in this way” because “it’s inside baseball.”
“Basically, we’re just two guys writing part-time in our garages,” he told Starnes. “We launched The Babylon Bee podcast over the summer and it’s been steadily growing.”
“Fake news generates real laughs,” Starnes chimed in.