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Old 08-24-2019, 07:12 AM
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The Babylon Bee


A Babylon Bee article was just cited in Great Debates, and rather than derail that thread, I decided to start a new one. The site is the Cargo Cult equivalent of humor and good writing written by the Far Right who think that they understand the concepts, but don't. For instance, in the cited article, on top of being loosely written and meandering all over the place they write:

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Vaping is a practice that has risen in popularity in recent years among full-grown adults who don’t mind appearing as though they’re sucking on tiny juice boxes throughout the day, like children.
A sentence that is almost well written, except that rather than allowing the audence to understand what is implied through subtext they have to raise to all the subtilty of pounding you in the head with a hammer by including "full-grown" and "like children." (Granted, their main audience is probably far too stupid to grasp subtlety.) Another example comes from this recent article, where the mentions of bad hygene and jazz hands contribute nothing to the story other than hammering the reader over the head. The writers at The Babylon Bee are incapable of telling lighting from a lightning bug.

This is on top of how many articles embrace right wing talking points, (those being links from just the top page) misogyny, and Creationism.
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Old 08-24-2019, 07:50 AM
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Thank you for linking, not quoting. It streamlines your post and allows the readers to choose which chunks of idiocy appeal to them, which is none for me at the moment because I am half asleep, but I'll be back with loins girded, prepared to get mad at the writers.

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Old 08-24-2019, 07:51 AM
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I saw that vaping article linked thru the vaping thread here. Low budget Onion, missing the biting satire and wit. A look at the side of the page and the other headlines and I thought: Holy shit, these guys really want to be the Onion. There's already an Onion, and they do it right.
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Old 08-24-2019, 01:38 PM
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Mind linking the thread it was cited in?

Meh, I find the Babylon Bee amusing. It's not The Onion, but very few satirical sites are.
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Old 08-24-2019, 01:48 PM
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https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=839269

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https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...1#post21822841
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Old 08-24-2019, 03:16 PM
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I don’t care for the Babylon Bee either. Every now and then I see someone quote an amusing article from them but what I’ve seen are mostly misses.
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Ouch. That was painful.

Here's on their lead articles: Ocasio-Cortez Proposes Counting White People's Ballots As Three-Fifths Of A Vote

The joke is pretty much all there in the headline. And it's comparing an actual historical policy that discriminated against black people with a parody policy about discriminating against white people. In order to remind people that white people are the real victims.

And just to drive the point home that prejudice never happens anymore, we have this:
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"Like, four or five times more or something, because 3/5ths is only like 10% of a real vote."

She then paused as she counted on her fingers and double-checked her math on her toes. "Yeah, it adds up. Case closed. This makes the program contain 247% fewer racisms."
Get it? She can't do math! She's really dumb!
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I respect their attempts to gore oxen on both left and right, though it's true their heart may be somewhat more in the left-goring. Not everyone can be The Onion. Hell, even The Onion isn't The Onion these days, According To Folks

This amuses me. Maybe I'm just easily amused.
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... Hell, even The Onion isn't The Onion these days, According To Folks
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"These days" points to a thread started 18 years ago.
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"These days" points to a thread started 18 years ago.
Sure thing. But I just knew I'd be able to find some curmudgeon on here talking about how some well-beloved humour site had all gone to shit and boom! Google Was My Friend. Guess I coulda gone for "Cracked" instead...
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Ugh, Cracked is AWFUL now.

I have to say, if the Onion articles alone would probably be the best thing about a Joe Biden presidency!
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Ugh, Cracked is AWFUL now.
Cracked was in a downward quality and financial spiral for a long time. One sure symptom of it was when they locked up the comments section (usually one of the funnest things about Cracked articles, even funner than the articles themselves) and allowed only paying subscribers to leave comments. That instantly dried up the comments and destroyed a good reason for their readership.
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