I often see references to www.Snopes in the Wreck.
I was under the impression that it was kind of investigative legal
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008
SNOPES.com With Caution
For the past few years http://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. 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.
To the best of my knowledge that was not a secret. I've known that for a
long time. Apparently, for many people it was a secret.
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 as people believed 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, 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.
Lt Colonel Ed Cathcart USMC (Ret), a customer and friend of Bud Gregg's
contacted David Mikkelson (and Mikkelson replied back) thinking he would
want to get to the bottom of this and 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, LTC Cathcart learned from Bud
Gregg that 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 research and got to the bottom of things!
As I said, the mom and pop operation was not a secret to me. Here's what
was the secret to me;
It has been learned the Mikkelson's are Jewish - 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.
So, 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 is apparent that that's all the Mikkelson's do.
POSTED BY ICE CREAM SOLDIER AT 18:50