The Scoop on Snopes.com

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During the election it was especially noticed that
their remarks were completely untrue which led
me to quit going to them for any factual political
information.

Suspicions confirmed.

Snopes is the final say --ONLY if they agree with your
point of view!

Interesting background on the background of SNOPES.
I have wondered at times, the reliability of the "Standard
of Truth"! It reveals to me that if it is on the 'net', it is best
to be skeptical.

Who knew!

For the past few years 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 snopes.com. Only recently did Wikipedia get
to the bottom of it - kinda makes 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
research. 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 snopes.com claiming to have the bottom line facts
to certain questions or issue 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 my State Farm agent Bud Gregg in
Mandeville hoisted a political sign referencing Barack Obama
and made a big splash across the internet, 'supposedly' the
Mikkelson's claim to have researched this issue before posting
their findings on 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.

I personally contacted David Mikkelson (and he replied back to
me) thinking he would want to get to the bottom of this and I 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, I learned from Bud Gregg no one from
snopes.com ever contacted anyone with State Farm. Yet,
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 Mikkelson's are very Democratic
(party) 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
Mikkelson's liberalism revealing itself in their website findings.
Gee, what a shock?

So, I say this now to everyone who goes to www.snopes.com to
get what they think to be the bottom line facts...'proceed 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
Mikkelson's do. After all, I can personally vouch from my own
experience for their 'not' fully looking into things.

There are also other sites you can check: VMyths; Truth or Fiction.
About their reliability--you can decide (or search it out) for yourself.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snopes.com

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snopes said this is false
 
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