Conservative columnist David French criticized Snopes for debunking what was, in his view, â€śobvious satire. Obvious.â€ť A few days later, Fox News ran a segment featuring The Beeâ€™s incredulous CEO.
But does everyone recognize satire as readily as French seems to?
Our team of communication researchers has spent years studying misinformation, satire, and social media. Over the last several months, weâ€™ve surveyed Americansâ€™ beliefs about dozens of high-profile political issues. We identified news storiesâ€”both true and falseâ€”that were being shared widely on social media.
We discovered that many of the false stories werenâ€™t the kind that were trying to intentionally deceive their readers; they actually came from satirical sites, and many people seemed to believe them....
I've never heard of David French except from a commentary by the Z-Man blog on his adoption of a child from Russia. That move was all about 'virtue-signalling' and a ridiculous move, if you just think of costs. If French really wanted to help the world, why not find a child in his own neck of the woods, because thousands are in foster care in every state, waiting to be adopted. Check the little house above this post to find the Zman blog.