Last week Snopes was caught publishing a misleading “fact check” of a satirical piece by The Babylon Bee. The brouhaha led BuzzFeed to do a story claiming that the Bee‘s reaction to Snopes‘ continuing train of false “fact checks” is some sort of conspiracy theory or something. David French has a post over at NRO debunking the BuzzFeed article.
Here’s what actually happened this week. Snopes launched an unfair attack on the Bee and got caught. Now it’s getting criticized. Oh, and the Bee is right to be concerned since a previous misbegotten Snopes fact check had threatened its business. That’s it. That’s the story. There is no conspiracy theory, only troubling facts that are worth criticizing. But somehow BuzzFeed managed to make the story primarily about Snopes’s critics, not about the fact that Snopes persistently (and sometimes misleadingly) fact-checks obvious conservative humor and satire.
Read the whole thing.
Exit question: Is BuzzFeed still relevant enough that anyone should bother fact checking it?