I don't know about the validity of this but after what has been learned
about Media Matters and others it certainly raises questions.
– very interesting. Truth or What?
THE TRUTH ABOUT SNOPES.COM ONCE
AND FOR ALL.
This is worth thinking about & checking into. I have felt for some
time that Snopes.com was not quite telling the truth about some
things. I, like someone else in this article said, have seen
some of the things Obama said on a video and Snopes said it was false
or a hoax. You decide!
Who watches the watchers?
For the past few years http://www.snopes.com/ has positioned itself, or
others have labeled it, as the tell-all final word on any comment, claim
and email. But for several years people tried to find out who exactly was behind
Only recently did Wikipedia get to the bottom of it – kinda made you
wonder what they were hiding. Well, finally we know. It is run by a
husband and wife team – that's right, no big office of investigators and
researchers, no team of lawyers. It's just a mom-and pop operation
that began as a hobby. David and Barbara Mikkelson in the San
Fernando Valley of California started the website about 13 years ago,
and they have no formal background or experience in investigative
After a few years it gained popularity believing it to be unbiased and
neutral. But over the past couple of years people started asking
questions who was behind it and did they have a selfish motivation?
The reason for the questions – or skepticisms – is a result of
http://www.snopes.com/ claiming to have the bottom line facts to certain
questions or issues when in fact they have been proven wrong. Also,
there were criticisms the Mikkelsons were not really investigating and
getting to the 'true' bottom of various issues.
A few months ago, when a State Farm agent Bud Gregg in Mandeville
hoisted a political sign referencing Barack Obama and made a big splash
across the internet, 'supposedly' the Mikkelsons claim to have researched
this issue before posting their findings on http://www.snopes.com/. In their
statement they claimed the corporate office of State Farm pressured Gregg
into taking down the sign, when in fact nothing of the sort 'ever' took place.
A client of the State Farm agent personally contacted David Mikkelson (and
he replied back to him) thinking he would want to get to the bottom of this
and the man gave him Bud Gregg's contact phone numbers – and Bud was
going to give him phone numbers to the big exec's at State Farm in Illinois
who would have been willing to speak with him about it. He never called Bud.
In fact, the man learned from Bud Gregg no one
from http://www.snopes.com/ ever contacted anyone with State Farm. Yet,
http://www.snopes.com/ issued a statement as the 'final factual word' on the
issue as if they did all their homework and got to the bottom of things – not!
Then it has been learned the Mikkelsons are Democrats and extremely
liberal. As we all now know from this presidential election, liberals have a
purpose agenda to discredit anything that appears to be conservative. There
has been much criticism lately over the internet with people pointing out the
Mikkelsons liberalism revealing itself in their website findings. Gee, what
So, I say this now to everyone who goes to http://www.snopes.com/ to get what
they think to be the bottom line facts … 'precede with caution.' Take what it
says at face value and nothing more. Use it only to lead you to their references
where you can link to and read the sources for yourself. Plus, you can always
Google a subject and do the research yourself. It now seems apparent that's all
the Mikkelsons do. After all, I can personally vouch from my own experiences
of their 'not' fully looking into things.
I have found this to be true also! Many videos of Obama I tried to verify on
Snopes and they said they were False… Then they gave their Liberal slant…!!!
I have suspected some problems with snopes for some time now, but I have only
caught them in half-truths. If there is any subjectivity they do an immediate full
left rudder. Truth or Fiction's web-site http://www.truthorfiction.com/ is a better
source for verification, in my opinion.
I have recently discovered that http://www.snopes.com/ is owned by a flaming
liberal and this man is in the tank for Obama. There are many things they have
listed on their site as a hoax and yet you can go to YouTube yourself and find
the video of Obama actually saying these
things. So you see, you cannot and should not trust http://www.snopes.com/ for
anything that remotely resembles truth (SIC ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES
TO LIBERAL vs CONSERVATIVE CONCERNS)! I don't even trust them to
tell me if email chains are hoaxes anymore.
A few conservative speakers on MySpace told me about http://www.snopes.com/
a few months ago and I took it upon myself to do a little research to find out if it
Well, I found out for myself that it is true. Anyway just FYI, please don't use
http://www.snopes.com/ anymore for fact checking and make your friends aware
of their political leanings as well.
Many people still think http://www.snopes.com/ is neutral and they can be trusted
as factual. We need to make sure everyone is aware that, that is a hoax in itself.