Disrn reports that Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday, “How funny is it that CNN is coming after us for spreading disinformation? I find that kind of rich.”
CNN has accused, get this, the Bee of being a fake satire site. As if satire in of itself wasn’t based on the premise of exaggeration for comedic effect.
When Carlson asked if him if he was worried about retaliation, Dillon responded, “I’m not. I’m not, because every single time this type of thing happens — and it’s happened repeatedly, it happened with Snopes, we’ve had a couple of different CNN personalities now come out and call us a fake satire site . . . I’m not worried about it because the response we get is incredible. Look, I wouldn’t be talking to you if they weren’t doing this. Our fans are really loyal, they rally behind us, we get a lot of support, and the pushback is really tremendous. So, I think it backfires on them, and it only amplifies our voice when they try to silence it.”
Dillon speaks wise words.
It’s an obvious fact of life in this kind of media environment that controversy and provocation drive readership. So when CNN is dumb enough to give the Bee this kind of publicity it can only benefit the publication.
That CNN cannot discern this goes not only to the heart of their echo chamber deafness but to the lack of sense of humor and ability to recognize absurdity that is at the heart of the entire leftist project.
We are decades away from the 1970s, when the first years of the liberal Saturday Night Live went rogue and regularly danced on the edge of offense in their comedy. The effect was electric and hilarious.
The “Honky Honky” sketch with Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor is a case in point. It would never be allowed today. We’d bring you the gist of the sketch and its immortal punchline, but then the annoying little Thought Police would be at my door, interrupting a perfectly good cigar.
Comedy, and much of writing itself, needs to provoke because in today’s lazy and bias confirming intellectual and literary environment being challenged even by something you may disagree with is better than bleating along with the rest of the sheep.
Seth Dillon and the Bee know this. Long may they publish and make us laugh uproariously.