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Snopes vs Truth or Fiction

Nov 20, 2008

When checking for internet hoaxes to see if things are true or not, many have been relying on www.snopes.com to get verification. It might be better to get a second opinion on www.truthorfiction.com

No doubt most of what they say is true. However, every site is run by humans who may have biases for themselves, especially when it comes to political matters. One of our readers did some research on Snopes and writes this:

Snopes was created in 1995 by Barbara and David Mikkelson, a California couple who met on the alt.folklore.urban newsgroup. The Mikkelsons also 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, a programmer, works on the site 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 m ere acquaintances.

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'.

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