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Do you trust snopes.com?

Asked by Foolaholic (5796points) September 25th, 2008

It seems to me that people are one end of the spectrum or the other about it. What do you think, and what about the conspiracy rumors?

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PupnTaco's avatar

They back up their debunking with facts, what’s not to trust?

JackAdams's avatar

Definitely. With my life.

robmandu's avatar

< < searched for a Snopes article re: Snopes being part of a vast conspiracy. No luck.

EmpressPixie's avatar

Oh come on, three responses and no one has referenced the XKCD about it? Here you go.

robmandu: check my link for the vast conspiracy

Foolaholic's avatar

Alright, that’s fair, but I’ve heard alot of people back that claim up. Maybe its just a regional thing near me?

cheebdragon's avatar

I ♥ Snopes

greylady's avatar

XKCD states that they are a comic site. The cartoon is cute, but I have not found any reason to think that Snopes is wrong in their research. I trust them.

EmpressPixie's avatar

XKCD isn’t a comic site. It is a very good comic site.

Also, it’s true, there is no reason not to trust Snopes.

greylady's avatar

Thanks, EmpressPixie, for the link. I had not seen that site before, but I like it.

Skippy's avatar

Did you check Snopes to see if it’s a hoax? They do seem to know it all

marinelife's avatar

I have consistently found the research solid, the logic excellent, and no bias, just the facts.
I use snopes often. I trust the site.

scamp's avatar

Yes, I do.

mitch77's avatar

Can you trust Snopes?
Several times in checking snopes on political issues I have found them to be less than candid I have suspected some problems with snopes for some time now, but I have only caught them in half-truths.but had not really checked them against anything else. I think we would do well to check anything Snopes offers.
I knew some things they were saying seemed out of whack with the facts…
If there is any subjectivity on a liberal vs conservative issue
they do an immediate full left rudder.

Truthorfiction.com is the better source for verification.
I have recently discovered that Snopes.com is owned by a flaming liberal and this man is in the tank for Obama.
There are many Obama remarks they have listed on their site as a hoaxs’ 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 trust Snopes.
I don’t even trust them to tell me if email chains are hoaxes anymore.
A few conservative speakers on Myspace told me about snopes 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.
This website is backing Obama and is covering up for him. They will say anything that makes him look bad is a hoax At the same time they are “verifying”’ as true, lies about McCain and Palin Here’s what I have found: Snopes was created in 1995 by Barbara and David Mikkelson, a California couple who met on the alt.folklore.urban newsgroup and founded the San Fernando Valley Folklore Society, and were credited as the owners of the site until 2005. Barbara now works on the site full time, while David, part time.
While I can’t prove it, I too am somewhat suspect of their leftward bent given their take (or lack thereof)
on several Obama stories. An example is their take on the Obama/Ayers connection as opposed to truthorfiction.com ‘s take on the same subject. Snopes tends to minimize the connection categorizing the rumor as a ‘Partial Truth’ while truthorfiction does not downplay the connection at all, calling it a ‘Truth’, and in fact references a CNN (surprise, surprise) expose of the two, as well as a Wall Street Journal article about their connection.
Snopes not only does not reference either source cited above, but instead lists a quote from an Obama spokesman as it’s main source(what a spin), leaving one to believe they are mere acquaintances.

Please compare these two entries:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/ayers.asp
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/o/obama-ayers.htm

Here’s another comparison of Snopes vrs. Truthorfiction’s treatment of the email that has gone out regarding ‘Obama’s 50 lies’. Notice that Snopes often adds editorial comments favoring Obama on unproven statements, or even on proven ones where they say he is ‘taken out of context’.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/50lies.asp
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/o/obama-lies.htm

NerfMyWorld's avatar

In addition to the one shown above, it seems there are other fact-checking websites out there that believe Snopes.com is reporting the fair and unbiased truth:

http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/snopes.htm

http://www.factcheck.org/2009/04/snopescom/

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