U.S.—Many on the right have reacted with outrage to The New York Times on its story about Brett Kavanaugh where it basically made up a new charge against him. This is being looked at as hypocrisy, though, as many of those same people enjoy it when Christian satire site The Babylon Bee makes things up.
“How amusing. How droll,” said conservative Reginald P. Merriwether in reaction to a Babylon Bee article about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “This is something slightly dumber than what Ocasio-Cortez would actually do. What entertaining malarky.” But when Merriwether read the Times article reporting on a fabricated incident involving Kavanaugh that was not backed up by the alleged victim, his reaction was quite different. “This is malfeasance!” Merriwether exclaimed.
Both The Babylon Bee article and The New York Times article were given the “Labeled Satire” designation by Snopes, proving that The New York Times is no less accurate than The Babylon Bee. Yet many on the right are calling for recriminations from the Times while they are perfectly happy with the Bee.
“Conservatives are stupid. I hate them!” said Vox writer Ian Millhiser, expressing a common sentiment.
When confronted with the hypocrisy, right-wingers tried to explain away the difference in the reaction. “It just seems wrong when the New York Times makes things up,” said angry conservative Darrel Cross. “Though I guess I also don’t like it when either makes up bad things about Trump.”