NYT: 2 of the 10 most engaged articles on social media this week came from The Babylon Bee

Sep 26th

The New York Times published a study called "What Went Viral This Week," listing the top 10 articles of the week based on social media engagement.

Two of the 10 came from The Babylon Bee, the greatest website on Planet Earth (tied with Not the Bee and Disrn of course).

From the Old Flaming Liberal Grey Lady, here's the list:

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1. NPR: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87 (10,689,157 interactions)

NPR's obituary for Justice Ginsburg, "the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon," led the week's viral stories.

2. CNN: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87 (3,665,720 interactions)

3. The Babylon Bee: NBA Players Wear Special Lace Collars To Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1,910,507 interactions)

This story from a right-wing satire site, complete with a photoshopped picture of LeBron James wearing a lace doily around his neck, was not true, but some who shared it seemed to miss the joke. ("This is so touching," one Twitter user commented.)

4. MoveOn.org: Do not fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat until after the 2021 inauguration (1,508,381 interactions)

A petition on the liberal site MoveOn.org urged senators not to fill Justice Ginsburg's seat until January.

5. Legal Insurrection: Woman Driver Crashes Car While Flipping the Bird at Trump Supporters (1,326,475 interactions)

A right-wing site's post about a video that it claimed showed a woman losing control of her car while making an obscene gesture to Trump supporters was shared gleefully by many conservatives.

6. The Babylon Bee: Fisher-Price Releases ‘My First Peaceful Protest' Playset With House You Can Actually Burn Down (1,231,167 interactions)

Another post from the right-wing satire site, taking a jab at left-wing protesters.

7. Forbes: Trump Threatens To Issue Executive Order Preventing Biden From Being Elected President (1,217,425 interactions)

This story, from Forbes, took seriously President Trump's comment about stopping Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s election via an executive order. (Whether or not Mr. Trump was joking is up for interpretation.)

8. NBC News: More than 200 retired generals, admirals endorse Biden (1,182,029 interactions)

9. NTD: 262 Arrested, 5 Missing Children Found in Gang Sweep in Oklahoma City (1,179,470 interactions)

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What else can you say but ...

What a time to be alive.


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