Babylon Bee Slams New York Times For ‘Defamatory’ Article, Demands Retraction Over ‘Misinformation’ Reference

Babylon Bee Slams New York Times For ‘Defamatory’ Article, Demands Retraction Over ‘Misinformation’ Reference


The Babylon Bee has demanded that The New York Time retract an article which referenced the conservative satirical site in the context of Facebook’s battle with so-called far-Right misinformation.

“Yesterday our counsel sent a letter to [The New York Times] demanding a retraction. We took this action because their article was — and remains — defamatory,” wrote Seth Dillon, CEO of The Babylon Bee. 

Yesterday our counsel sent a letter to @nytimes demanding a retraction. We took this action because their article was—and remains—defamatory.

— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) June 3, 2021

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Dillon then referenced his response to the original article, from March 2021, writing, “In an article about Facebook’s difficulty in dealing with satire, the New York Times points to The Babylon Bee as an example of a ‘far-right misinformation site’ that ‘sometimes trafficked in misinformation under the guise of satire.’”

The original Times article, which has since been revised, stated: 

But satire kept popping up as a blind spot. In 2019 and 2020,

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