Maandag, the Times issued a correction after initially claiming the Bee “trafficked in misinformation,” and the liberal paper now admits the site simply publishes satire. Fox News first reported earlier this year that Dillon was considering legal action after the Times labeled the popular site of peddling fake news “under the guise of satire” and referred to it as a “verkeerde inligting” werf.
“We can’t take this stuff lying down,” Dillon began Monday night. “We actually, as satirists, want to joke about this stuff. We just want to poke fun at The New York Times. Die probleem is, like it or not, The New York Times is considered a reliable source. So when the social networks are looking to decide who’s satire, who’s misinformation, who’s fake news, they look to The New York Times, they look to Snopes, they look to CNN.”
“And so when they’re making these mischaracterizations about us, we have to take it seriously and even if we don’t want to—we want to keep things light, we’ve got to send demand letters, we’ve got to threaten to sue because otherwise, we’re going to get mischaracterized and we’re going to get the boot from social media,” Dillion explained.