The SNOPES on SNOPES…

Interesting!   Not all things are as they seem.


snopesInteresting background on the background of SNOPES. I have wondered at times, the reliability of the “Standard of Truth” …. Especially during the last elections! It reveals to me that if it is on the ‘net’, it is best to be skeptical.
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 http://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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snopes.com

Advertisements
Published in: on March 8, 2009 at 05:00  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , ,

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://sniroadwarrior.wordpress.com/2009/03/08/the-snopes-on-snopes/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: