September 29, 2020

IT’S COME TO THIS: USA Today is “Fact Checking” the Babylon Bee. Fact check: Satirical claim that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Ginsburg’s death.

The headline of an article published by satire website The Babylon Bee is a nod to the contentious history between the Trump administration and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The Babylon Bee is “the world’s best satire site,” according to its website.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died of metastatic pancreatic cancer Sept. 18, is actually “alive,” the article suggests, because the 9th Circuit overturned her death.

“In a close decision, the judges on the court have ruled RBG’s death unconstitutional and will block Trump from nominating a replacement,” the article says.

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Our rating: Satire

We rate this claim SATIRE, based on our research. A satirical article about the 9th Circuit “overturning” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has no basis in fact. It is true that the 9th Circuit has ruled against many Trump-era policies.

Tautologically speaking, it’s a very safe bet that a Website that bills itself as “satire” is cranking out satiric articles, so thanks USA Today, for confirming that. Can’t wait for the newspaper to also confirm that the 1964 movie Dr. Strangelove is satire as well, since planet Earth, at least as of time of publication, is still here, unlike what the satiric movie satirically depicted using strong doses of satire.

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