Babylon Bee's CEO Seth Dillon slams and beats up New York Times for misinformation accusations
Founder of Babylon Bee website, Seth Dillon, pushed back at The New York after the news outlet called the website “far-right misinformation’ that ‘sometimes trafficked in misinformation under the guise of satire.”
Dillon luckily won the battle.
In an article about Facebook's difficulty in dealing with satire, the New York Times points to The Babylon Bee as an example of a "far-right misinformation site" that "sometimes trafficked in misinformation under the guise of satire."https://t.co/YzEuTwlBQT— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) March 21, 2021
In a series of Tweets Dillon explains everything better than anyone could.
Big update here. The @nytimes has responded to our demand letter by removing defamatory statements about us from their article. Here's their email to our counsel notifying us of the correction. https://t.co/lv0eYo6NzK pic.twitter.com/OLi5KzMzej— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) June 14, 2021
Originally, the article said we were a far-right misinformation site. It pointed to us—and only us—as an example of a site that misuses the satire label to protect our presence on social media sites that would otherwise ban us for spreading fake stories.— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) June 14, 2021
We objected to this pretty strongly, so @MikeIsaac removed the sentence that said we trafficked in misinformation. In its place, he put an update that said we'd feuded with @snopes and @Facebook about whether we're misinformation or satire. But that wasn't true, either.— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) June 14, 2021
This latest correction, however, no longer mentions the Bee as an example of a far-right misinformation site that pretends to be doing satire. And it notes that neither Snopes nor Facebook maintain that we're misinformation. pic.twitter.com/MSsxgrWrnH— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) June 14, 2021
This is huge. The NY Times was using misinformation to smear us as being a source of it. That's not merely ironic; it's malicious. We pushed back hard and won. Thanks to everyone who voiced and offered their support. We don't have to take this nonsense lying down. Remember that.— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) June 14, 2021