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
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
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 fromsnopes.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 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.
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
now, but I have only caught them in half-truths. If there is any subjectivity they do an immediate full left rudder.
Truth or www.truthorfiction.com
a better source for verification, in
I have recently discovered thatSnopes.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 trustSnopes.com….ever
for anything that remotely resembles truth! I don’t even trust
them to tell me if email chains are hoaxes
A few conservative speakers on Myspace told me
about snopes.com <http://snopes.com/ a few months ago and I
> took it upon myself to do a little research to find out if it was true.
Well, I found out for myself that it is true. Anyway just
FYI please don’t useSnopes.com anymore for fact checking and make your friends aware of their political leanings as well. Many people still think 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.