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  • How Reliable Is Snopes.Com?

    Here is an interesting thread from another forum.
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  • #2
    I found it interesting that they seemed to think the husband/wife team home business was news. I thought everyone knew about snopes and it founders years ago.
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    • #3
      Some of the political snopes.com postings make it plainly obvious that they are not unbiased.

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      • #4
        Over here in Japan some years ago, I saw on the news of one famous American who took a trip to another country, made a speech claiming things he had done. I laughed and knew better. My sister and BIL from the same state as the famous person saw the gaffe on their news too because of course it made news in that state. The Snopes has always maintained and slanted the news as being inaccurate because he never said that in any speech in the US.
        Hank Lee

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        • #5
          According to snopes.com, snopes.com is completely accurate and legit. Therefore, it must be so...

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          • #6
            Political leanings aside, I have found them to be very accurate when I have investigated what they have said. 9 times out of 10, I'm chasinig down a virus type rumor there, but I have found them to be accurate in that regard.
            Just my 2 cents, as they say.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Uncle Cracker View Post
              According to snopes.com, snopes.com is completely accurate and legit. Therefore, it must be so...
              I just checked that out. They claim they never said that.

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              • #8
                Whoever wrote that article was a complete idiot. All you have to do is go to the Snopes site and they tell you exactly who they are.

                But most of the "research" comes from the Snopes forums... I used to actively participate there -- people would quickly get to the bottom of most any rumor. Then all David or Barbara would have to do is make a few phone calls or emails to verify, and post it.

                Not sure why this is so scandalous... They actively tell you to check your own facts, and they always give references. They even started some "fake" legends, with the disclaimer that they were fake in the references, just to prove that you should never take anyone's word, including theirs, as gospel...

                It also really irks me when someone gives a single example of why they think something is biased. And for the record, I lean quite conservative, so I'm not just "sticking up for the liberals"...

                -Tim

                Edit by Hank: Tim, Many apologies to you. I meant to respond to this and accidently hit "edit" rather than "reply with quote" - which buttons are next to each other. Thanks to Alex, I was able to re-store the post.
                Last edited by leehljp; 12-08-2008, 09:42 PM.

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                • #9
                  I checked and Snopes said that Cabinetman may or may not be real. He's listed as "unconfirmed".
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                  • #10
                    I've found it a pretty good resource. Besides, I'm not sure they ever tried to hide who they are... From their site:

                    Oh, and I wouldn't consider Wikipedia the "tell all final word" either. Who's to stop someone from modifying some obscure Wikipedia article to say what they want it to say, then citing what they wrote as a reference?

                    Q: Who creates the material for this site?

                    A: With very few exceptions, all of the material on this site is prepared by the same people who operate this site, Barbara and David Mikkelson.

                    Q: How do I know the information you've presented is accurate?

                    A: We don't expect anyone to accept us as the ultimate authority on any topic, which is why our site's name indicates that it contains reference pages. Unlike the plethora of anonymous individuals who create and send the unsigned, unsourced e-mail messages that are forwarded all over the Internet, we show our work. The research materials we've used in the preparation of any particular page are listed in the bibliography displayed at the bottom of that page so that readers who wish to verify the validity of our information may check those sources for themselves.
                    Last edited by Alex Franke; 12-08-2008, 05:52 PM.
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                    • #11
                      Tim's reply

                      I want to apologize to Tim for hitting the wrong button and basically deleting his post through "editing". The "editing" button and "quote/reply" are next to each other. Thanks to Alex, I was able to restore the original.

                      from Tim: It also really irks me when someone gives a single example of why they think something is biased. And for the record, I lean quite conservative, so I'm not just "sticking up for the liberals"...

                      I don't agree with the assumptions on a "single" example. The expectation under your view point is that - an individual should have several examples before a post can be seen as valid. "Problems" start with one example - and not everyone has personal knowledge of "several". If "one" is an aberration, a single negative post will show it as such - as can often be seen in Amazon ratings of some good products; but if not, several "single examples" by individuals will show up traits. Each is necessary.

                      I _know_ what I and my wife saw on Japanese news about 10 years go from a TV interview/speech clip in a South American country. My Sister and BIL saw the same clip in the US. Snopes deals with the issue based on US interview, not other country interview. Concerning the US interview, Snopes said that the famous person made a poor choice of words and didn't really mean it that way. That is a subjective slant rather than objective reporting.
                      Mentioned above was the example of Snopes not following up on a specific untruth. Neither of us had information of the other, but together one by one, traits can be seen. Single examples add up! And there are probably more out there.

                      Snopes does a good service, but they do slant things on occasion and I am cautious before accepting their input.
                      Last edited by leehljp; 12-08-2008, 10:35 PM.
                      Hank Lee

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