April 5, 2010 by Johnny Alamo
If you’re like me, the first thing You did when you receivedan e-mail saying that the moon was full of UFOs or that President Obama was aKenyan trained Ninja assasin, you went off to SNOPES.com to see what the dealwas with those crazy e-mails. And for the most part, SNOPES has been a reliableinformant on the truth about these Urban legends.
Or . . . apparently not. I began to notice that Snopes wastaking more of a Leftist tack with things I obviously knew to be true, and wasunwilling to revise their opinion when things went more for the right-wing thanthe lefties. This message board post HERE agrees, especially when it comes topolitics; and especially lefty politics.
(And just in case this Message Board post “disappears,” I’vereprinted the post in toto so it will be archived. Should the author have anyproblems with that, they can contact me and we’ll fix it post-haste; but as ofthis printing they haven’t responded to my e-mails.)
For those of you that think snopes is god when it comes toknowing the truth or not. By the way you might want to check this out onsnopes.
I present this for your own evaluation.
Who “Snopes” are was written up in READERS DIGEST and agreeswith this account.
(no politcal bias was mentioned in the article).
For the past few years http://www.snopescom/ has positioneditself, 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 wasbehind snopes.com. Only recently did Wikipedia get to the bottom of it – kindamakes you wonder what they were hiding. Well, finally we know. It is run by ahusband and wife team – that’s right, no big office of investigators andresearchers, no team of lawyers. It’s just a mom-and-pop operation that beganas a hobby. David and Barbara Mikkelson in the San Fernando Valley ofCalifornia started the website about 13 years ago and they have no formal backgroundor experience in investigative research. After a few years it gained popularitybelieving it to be unbiased and neutral, but over the past couple of yearspeople started asking questions who was behind it and did they have a selfishmotivation?
The reason for the questions – or skepticisms – is a resultof Snopes.com claiming to have the bottom line facts to certain questions orissue when in fact they have been proven wrong. Also, there were criticisms theMikkelsons were not really investigating and getting to the ‘true’ bottom ofvarious issues.
A few months ago, when my State Farm agent Bud Gregg inMandeville hoisted a political sign referencing Barack Obama and made a bigsplash across the Internet, ‘supposedly’ the Mikkelson’s claim to have researchedthis issue before posting their findings on snopes.com. In their statement theyclaimed the corporate office of State Farm pressured Gregg into taking down thesign, when in fact nothing of the sort ‘ever’ took place. I personallycontacted David Mikkelson (and he replied back to me) thinking he would want toget 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 inIllinois who would have been willing to speak with him about it. He nevercalled Bud. In fact, I learned from Bud Gregg that no one from snopes.com evercontacted anyone with State Farm.
Yet, Snopes.com issued a statement as the ‘final factualword’ on the issue as if they did all their homework and got to the bottom ofthings – not!
Then it has been learned the Mikkelson’s are very Democratic(party) and extremely liberal. As we all now know from this presidentialelection, liberals have a purpose agenda to discredit anything that appears tobe conservative. There has been much criticism lately over the Internet withpeople pointing out the Mikkelson’s liberalism revealing itself in theirwebsite findings.
Gee, what a shock?
So, I say this now to everyone who goes to snopes.com to getwhat they think to be the bottom line fact ‘proceed with caution.’ Take what itsays at face value and nothing more. Use it only to lead you to theirreferences where you can link to and read the sources for yourself. Plus, youcan always Google a subject and do the research yourself. It now seems apparentthat’s all the Mikkelson’s do. After all, I can personally vouch from my ownexperience for their ‘not’ fully looking into things.
I have found this to be true also! Many videos of Obama Itried to verify on Snopes and they said they were False. Then they gave theirliberal 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 theydo an immediate full left rudder.
Truth or Fiction, is a better source for verification, in myopinion.
TruthOrFiction.com-Is that forwarded email Truth or Fiction?Research into stories, scams, hoaxes, myths, and urban legends on the Internet
I have recently discovered that Snopes.com is owned by aflaming liberal and this man is in the tank for Obama. There are many thingsthey have listed on their site as a hoax and yet you can go to You tubeyourself and find the video of Obama actually saying these things. So you see,you cannot and should not trust Snopes.com, ever for anything that remotelyresembles truth! I don’t even trust them to tell me if email chains are hoaxesanymore.
A few conservative speakers on MySpace told meaboutSnopes.com. A few months ago and I took it upon myself to do a littleresearch to find out if it was true. Well, I found out for myself that it istrue. Anyway just FYI please don’t use Snopes.com anymore for fact checking andmake your friends aware of their political leanings as well. Many people stillthink Snopes.com is neutral and they can be trusted as factual. We need to makesure everyone is aware that that is a hoax in itself.