WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump, who likes to denounce alleged “fake news,” retweeted a piece of satire Friday about Twitter shutting down over reporting on Joe Biden.
Retweeting a link entitled “Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News” – it never happened –Trump said: “Wow, this has never been done in history. This includes his really bad interview last night. Why is Twitter doing this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T.”
Twitter did not do that.
The story was the from the Babylon Bee, a satirical news site. The motto on the Bee’s Twitter page says it all: “Fake news you can trust.”
Until now, the Bee’s most famous “story” was about how an appeals court overturned the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Some people took that story literally, too.
Trump and allies are angry at Twitter over restrictions it placed on tweeting a New York Post story about the business activities of Hunter Biden, son of the Democratic presidential candidate.
Republicans called it censorship, while Twitter noted that the story had questionable sourcing.
The Babylon Bee often makes fun of liberals, and has been described as a conservative version of “The Onion” with a focus on religious conservatives.
Trump has retweeted other links from the Babylon Bee.
“He does know it’s satire,” editor-in-chief Kyle Mann told The New York Times this month. “We are assured.”
After Trump’s shout-out on Friday, the site’s CEO Seth Dillon tweeted: “The Babylon Bee is the president’s most trusted news source.”
Trump’s retweets often draw criticism, and he is prone to spreading conspiracy theories.
This past week, Trump retweeted a claim – pushed by QAnon and other groups that claim an array of government conspiracies – that Biden was somehow involved in a plot to fake the 2011 death of Osama bin Laden.
“I do a lot of retweets,” Trump said Thursday during an NBC News town hall, saying he just puts things out there and “people can decide for themselves.”
NBC moderator Savannah Guthrie told Trump: “I don’t get that. You’re the president. You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who just retweets whatever.”