by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
After USA Today named Rachel Levine, the male head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, one of its “Women of the Year,” Twitter suspended popular satire site The Babylon Bee for bestowing a similar award on Levine: Man of the Year.
Twitter threatened to keep the account locked until the Bee deletes the satirical tweet, something CEO Seth Dillon has pledged not to do.
While Twitter struts its bully power to shut down free speech and keeps us all from our favorite source of
satireaccurate predictions of insanity, it’s a good time to reflect on all the times the Bee has proven a more reliable source of news than corporate outlets like The Washington Post and CNN. …
… On August 16, 2021, the Bee wrote the satirical headline: “Biden Administration Deploys Elite Squad Of TikTok Influencers To Stop Taliban.”
As the Bee joked: “‘I’m sorry it has come to this, but I’m left with no other choice,’ said Biden to a chocolate eclair in the Camp David situation room as beloved TikTok star Benny Drama and others parachuted from a C-130 into Kabul. ‘If anyone can influence those Gen Z Taliban youth, it’s those flamboyant youngsters.’”
But truth is stranger than satire, and seven months later after Russia invaded Ukraine, the Biden administration actually did call in a TikTok brigade. …
… After six months of Vice President Kamala Harris snipping at reporters and laughing awkwardly at all the wrong times (plus all of her cringy campaign trail moments), the Bee wrote a July 2021 piece entitled “To Improve Public Perception, Kamala Harris Taking Likability Lessons From Hillary Clinton.”
The Bee’s satirists wrote: “‘First things first Kamala,’ explained Clinton. ‘Next time you’re tempted to cackle uncontrollably, just call half of the U.S. ‘a basket of deplorables’ instead.’”
But in December, it came out that Kamala actually was turning to Hillary for advice on how to be more popular.