The Babylon Bee Again Epically Trolls CNN on April Fools' Day

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When last we left you with the Babylon Bee, they were throwing some pretty impressive haymakers at the New York Times over the paper’s latest round of attacks on the Bee for being a satire site.


But when the Bee isn’t busy speaking truth to power, they’re busy displaying their satirical brilliance as they did in a recent piece dunking on San Diego Democratic leaders over their announcement that they would be allowing in-person learning for the children of illegal immigrants at a time when the children of adults who were born and raised in the U.S. are still being held back from doing so due to COVID restrictions in California.

The Bee’s response was to write an article titled “Parents Disguising Kids As Illegal Immigrants So They Can Receive In-Person Teaching.”

As you might imagine, a day like April Fools’ Day is a perfect one for the Bee to stir up mischief and troll liberal media outlets that are inarguably the worst in the business when it comes to their overt displays of political bias and lack of interest in holding leaders they favor accountable.

Fortunately for all of us watching and reading from the cheap seats, trolling and stirring up mischief is exactly what the Babylon Bee did today in reviving a piece they did in 2019 which “reported” that CNN decided to publish a “real news story” on April Fools’ Day for a change:


From the piece:

ATLANTA, GA—Fooling thousands of readers in a prank that the cable news organization said was “just for fun,” CNN published a real news story for April Fools’ Day this year.

The story simply contained a list of facts, with no embellishment, editorializing, or invented details. The story also didn’t cite shaky “anonymous sources” and only quoted firsthand witnesses to the event. It was completely factual without any errors whatsoever.

The story also “quoted” one CNN fan from New York as stating that he was momentarily shocked.

“I was reading this story, and I was like, ‘Wait, what is this?'” said the Bee’s anonymous “New York man” source, who also noted that at some point he figured out that he had been “duped” by the news outlet and felt better about it once he realized what the date was.

After reading the Bee’s story, I had my media contacts up north do some heavy-duty investigative digging, but unfortunately, neither they nor their reliably informed insiders could confirm whether or not the Babylon Bee’s “New York man” was CNN’s resident tough guy Chris Cuomo.


In the end, however, it didn’t matter that their efforts to find out the true identity of the man fell short – because the patented display of airheaded cluelessness in the quote, not to mention the “duh” factor, was pretty much a dead giveaway that it was Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s little brother Fredo.

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