Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to explain why The New York Times overturned its claim that the satirical site was peddling “disinformation.”
On Monday, The Times issued a correction after initially claiming that the bee was “trafficked with disinformation,” and the liberal newspaper now admits the site is simply publishing satire. Fox News first reported earlier this year that Dillon was considering legal action after the Times called the popular fake news peddling site “under the guise of satire” and called it a “disinformation” site.
“We can’t take this lying down stuff,” Dillon began Monday night. “Actually, as satirists, we want to joke about this stuff. We just want to make fun of the New York Times. The problem is, like it or not, the New York Times is being seen as a source. So when social media is trying to decide who is satire, who is disinformation, who is fake news, they turn to The New York Times, they turn to Snopes, they turn to CNN. “
NEW YORK TIMES ADMITS BABYLON BEE IS SATIRE, NOT “MALINFORMATION”, CORRECTED
“And so when they make these misrepresentations about us, we have to take it seriously and even if we don’t want to, we want to keep it light, we have to send letters of request, we have to threaten to sue because otherwise , we’re going to be misinterpreted and we’re going to get the social media boot, ”explained Dillion.
Dillon said it was a “self-preservation” issue, telling Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that the Babylon Bee depended on social media networks for traffic and that “if we lose social media , we are losing our business “.
While The Times ultimately withdrew its claim about the bee, Dillion insisted the mistake was “deliberate” because “legacy media” was taking advantage of social media’s concern over the spread of disinformation. .
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“We don’t care about the things to be laughed at. We ridicule bad ideas,” Dillon said. “The New York Times has an incredible contempt for us, I guess, the way they treat us, the way they handle it because they know better.”
“On the one hand, it’s extremely ironic that they are using misinformation to smear us as a source… It’s comically ironic, but beyond that, it’s malicious because they know better.”
Brian Flood of Fox News contributed to this report.