Starting on a high note ….
Social media thinks you’re too stupid to get satire.
Last week, this was posted to The Breakdown’s Facebook page:
It came from the satirical site The Babylon Bee.
A few days later, this appeared over the post:
Sure enough, it had been fact-checked. Not once, but twice:
Here’s what Check Your Fact found:
Fact Check: Hubbard has not suffered such an injury. The claim stems from a satirical article.
Verdict: False The image, which has been shared nearly 600 times, shows what appears to be a screen grab of a June 21 article that puts up the headline “Female Weightlifter Suffers Tragic Testicle Injury Just Weeks Before Tokyo Olympics.” It features a photo of Hubbard, who is set to be the first transgender Olympic competitor, lifting a barbell.
In reality, no mention of Hubbard suffering an injury that would prevent her from participating in the upcoming Olympic games can be found on the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s website or on the team’s verified social media accounts. Hubbard was named on June 21 to New Zealand’s team for Tokyo, according to a press release.
An internet search by Check Your Fact didn’t turn up any major media outlets reporting on Hubbard suffering an injury since being named to New Zealand’s Tokyo Olympics team, either. (RELATED: Does This Video Show The Fireworks Display Meant For The Tokyo Olympics?)
The headline and text in the screen grab match those in a satirical article recently published by The Babylon Bee. In its “About Us” section, The Babylon Bee describes itself as a “satire website” that publishes “satire about Christian stuff, political stuff, and everyday life.”
While The Babylon Bee clearly states that it produces satirical content, the Facebook post containing the screen grab fails to disclaim the satirical origins of the claim. The lack of disclaimer in the Facebook post appears to have led some users to believe the story was real.
The Tokyo Olympics were originally supposed to take place during the summer of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were rescheduled for July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021, according to a press release from the International Olympic Committee.
BTW: If a woman has testicles, there’s a good chance they’re not, you know, a woman. Just saying.
Government can’t even sell weed without screwing it up
The California Legislature on Monday approved a $100-million plan to bolster California’s legal marijuana industry, which continues to struggle to compete with the large illicit pot market nearly five years after voters approved sales for recreational use.
Los Angeles will be the biggest beneficiary of the money, which was proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to be provided as grants to cities and counties to help cannabis businesses transition from provisional to regular licenses.
Hunter Biden scandals
It took a lot of training, but after weeks of art school, Hunter stopped sticking the straw up his nose: