So much for believing these guys.
Suspicions confirmed. Snopes is the final say ONLY if they agree with
your point of view.
For the past few years <http://www.snopes.com> www.snopes.com
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 whom exactly was behind
<http://snopes.com/> 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 <http://snopes.com/> 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
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 <http://snopes.com/> 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
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 <http://snopes.com/> snopes.com ever contacted anyone
with State Farm. Yet, snopes.com <http://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 -
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
<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.