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The cluelessness of the MSM

Anybody who enjoys humour attends to satirical sites like The Onion, or perhaps older things like Punch magazine.

But they all eventually fall away and die as writers leave and a staleness grows as society moves on. The Onion is a barely readable piece of pro-Democrat hackery nowadays and after a run of more than a century, Punch closed in 1992.

In the last few years one source has arisen that has very sharp takes on our current world. When I first heard of The Babylon Bee and that it was a Christian-based site I laughed at the thought that such people, especially out of the USA, could possibly satirise the world and be funny in doing so.

Boy was I wrong. They’re sharp and very funny. I can only think that it works because there is so much absurdity and insanity around that our world insists on taking seriously, although you have to be up with a lot of current cultural affairs to really get them.

It turns out that there are some people who don’t get the satire, likely because they’re the targets. Witness this interview of a Babylon Bee writer by one Emma Green of The Atlantic, and this exchange in particular.

Green: You guys wrote an article in January 2020 that was shared roughly 3 million times, claiming that Democrats called for the American flag to be flown at half-staff when the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed in an American strike. What makes this funny? I know that’s the worst question to ask somebody who writes jokes.

Mann: It’s funny because General Soleimani died and then they called for flags to be flown at half-mast. Get it?

Green: But that’s what I’m saying. Besides just saying the joke again, what makes it funny?

Mann: Do you want me to explain the joke to you? Because the joke is that General Soleimani died and Democrats were sad. If you don’t know why that’s funny, then you’re not the audience for the joke. The funniest part is that it got fact-checked because it was so believable that Democrats would do that. That’s a real honor. . .

Green: I want to talk about one of the drawings in your new book—one at the beginning of Chapter 2, which is about race. It has three little stick figures: one that’s peach-colored that says “bad”; one next to it that’s gray that says “better”; and one to the right that says “best.” That one is black. Why do you think that is funny?

Mann: Well, it’s because being peach is not good. Being gray is better. And being black is best.

Green: Right, but you’re not just talking about stick figures. You’re making a joke about how progressives think about the hierarchy of race.

Mann: I’m not going to sit here and deconstruct and explain every joke to you. We’re taking this ridiculous position in order to mock something—to make fun of this idea that your skin color matters in setting up a hierarchy of the oppressed versus oppressor class. If you really don’t get the joke, I can’t help you.

Now that’s funny.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 18, 2021 at 8:56 am

Posted in Humour, MSM, USA

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  1. Pfft. That’s nothing. How about this one:

    “a former senior civil servant who now works with gangs”

    Who?

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/126690004/harry-tam-serves-winston-peters-with-legal-letter-over-allegations-of-connection-with-northland-covid19-scare

    You couldn’t make this shit up.

    John JohnO

    October 18, 2021 at 3:27 pm

  2. I get the feeling Babylon Bee is perpetuating the Left / Right paradigm. If the left were utterly dominant, the system would fail, as their needs to be a positive / negative terminal. It’d be too obvious. Babylon like a punch and judy puppet show, both punch and judy run both puppets run by one guy. To have a culture war, the right needs some antagonists. At the moment the right is on life support. “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils”

    pb

    October 19, 2021 at 1:34 pm


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