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The Point: There’s No Spinning Fake News


John Stonestreet

It’s called satire, folks.

This just in from the “folks can really be clueless can’t they?” department.

The website “Snopes” is dedicated to fact-checking and debunking “urban legends.” With all the talk of fake news these days, more and more people—even journalists—are turning to Snopes to confirm or deny stories.

Oddly enough, Snopes recently debunked a story claiming that CNN had a “giant washing machine” to help journalists spin the news. Get it? Washing machine? Spin the news?

Pretty funny stuff. And it should be, because it was from the satire site Bablyon Bee.

As Snopes explained: “Although it should have been obvious that the Babylon Bee piece was just a spoof … some readers missed that aspect of the article and interpreted it literally.”

Cue the palm head slap. I can’t think of any stronger evidence than this that our citizenry is, shall we say, struggling in the information age.

Truth. Discernment. Recognizing fact from fiction. We need these things now more than ever.

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