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Posts with a fabricated CNN headline saying that climate change is the cause of mass protests in Cuba comes from the satirical publication The Babylon Bee.
Examples can be seen here and here . The text on one post reads: “If you have some historical knowledge and common sense, you'll see the agenda here. And if you still take CNN serious, it's a real problem.”
Some of the posts, like the one (here), include the Babylon Bee logo, but comments from users suggest that they believed it to be a genuine CNN article. Comments on the posts include: “Whaaaat????”, “Most people in Hollywood still take CNN as gospel” and “CNN are all political HACKs and Morons”.
The Babylon Bee describes itself (here) as “the world’s best satire site […] We write satire about Christian stuff, political stuff, and everyday life.” This satirical story about CNN, headlined “CNN Says Cuban Protests Likely Due To Climate Change”, can be seen here .
Thousands of Cubans joined demonstrations throughout the country on July 11 to protest a deep economic crisis that has seen shortages of basic goods and power outages. They were also protesting against the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and curbs on civil liberties ( here ).
Satire. The fabricated CNN headline that climate change caused protests in Cuba originated from a satirical publication, The Babylon Bee.
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