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My hardly computer literate mother sent me the following info which had been sent to her. I challenge alert readers to read this and check it out. See if you think this critique of Snopes is valid or not. I have my own suspicions since I have found that the site makes mistakes, but see what you think….. 

Personally, I doubt it is a liberal conspiracy. What is plausible is that these folks don’t always have accurate info (and shouldn’t claim they do) and don’t always have the critical tools or inside info to get to the bottom of everything.  I do not endorse the conservative conspiracy theories of  Mr. McCaleb, but in regard to Snopes he seems to have a point.  BW3

For the
past few years

www.snopes.com

has positioned
itself, or others have

labeled it as the
‘tell-all, final word’

 on any comment,
claim and e-mail.
           
   
          But for
several years,

 people tried to find
out

who exactly was
behind
snopes.com ..

 

 Only recently did
Wikipedia

 get to the bottom of
it –

 kind of 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 web site 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
snopes.com
claiming

 to have the bottom
line facts

to certain questions or
issues,

when in fact, they have
been

proven wrong.

 

Also, there were
criticisms that

 the Mikkelsons were
not really investigating and

 getting to the
‘true’ bottom of various issues
 
    When
I saw that Snopes had

 falsely claimed that
Obama’s Birth Certificate had been properly
validated,

 I  realized
something was wrong

with either their
research

 and/or their
credibility.

It seems something is

seriously wrong with
 both.
 
    Then a few months ago,

when my State Farm agent
Bud Gregg

 in
Mandeville  hoisted a political sign referencing
Barack Obama and

made a big splash across
the Internet.

 

Supposedly, the Mikkelsons
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.
             
 
    I personally contacted David Mikkelson
(and he replied back to me) thinking that

 he would want to get
to the bottom of this, and I gave him Bud Gregg’s contact phone
numbers. 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 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 homework and

 got to the bottom of
things.

 Not!
 
 
  Then it has been learned the Mikkelsons are very
Democrat 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 Mikkelsons liberalism
revealing

 itself in their web
site findings.
 
     Gee, what a
shock!
 
      So,  I say this
now to everyone who goes to
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 Mikkelsons
do.

 

After all, I can
 personally vouch

 from my own
experience

 for their ‘not’
fully looking into things.
 
   
Gary
  McCaleb
   
2255 Western Park Dr .
   
Dallas ,
TX   75211-7748