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Snopes.com is a secret tool of the Democratic Party to promote Barack
Summary of the eRumor: An eRumor about
Snopes.com accusing them being owned by a
flaming liberal and this man is in the tank for Obama.
The Truth: In October, 2008, stories
began circulating via forwarded emails that the popular urban legends
site Snopes.com was owned by liberals and was "in the tank" for
presidential candidate Barack Obama.
As with many forwarded
emails, the criticism did not include any example of what the writer of
the email claimed was the difference between what Snopes.com reported
and what Barack Obama had actually said.
Snopes.com is an excellent site that has become an authoritative source
for information about urban legends and forwarded emails. We regard
David and Barbara Mikkelson, the founders and operators of Snopes.com,
as colleagues and professional researchers who have earned a good
reputation for what they do.
We can give a unique perspective on this story because we do the same
kind of work as Snopes.com and have sometimes been the target of similar
We've got a collection of emails that have come to TruthOrFiction.com
accusing us of being "right wing whackos" as well as "liberals" and
"communists." We've been suspected of being owned and operated by both
Republicans and Democrats. We've been called "Christian propagandists"
as well as "atheists pretending to be neutral." We occasionally receive
emails that have elaborate theories about who "really" owns us and what
our "real" motives are.
The bottom line is
that if you try to report the truth, there will be those who don't like
the truth you've reported and who will develop suspicions about why you
That, in our view, is what is happening with Snopes.
The 2008 presidential
campaign has been one of the most intense and unique in our nation's
history and has prompted more political eRumors than any presidential
campaign in our experience, especially about Barack Obama.
emails have probably been prompted by someone who does not like Barack
Obama and does not like the fact that Snopes (or TruthOrFiction.com for
that matter) has debunked some of the emails that are not true about
One of the versions of the eRumor mentions TruthOrFiction.com and
recommends our site. We appreciate that, but we want to say for the
record that we've had nothing to do with this eRumor about Snopes.com
and we condemn it.
In August 2010 this
rumor morphed when President Obama appointed Elena Kagan to the Supreme
Court. An August 4, 2010 World Net Daily article alleged that this was a
political payback for several cases questioning the President's
citizenship that were denied by Kagan. Snopes reported that these
allegations were false. Shortly after that inboxes were flooded
with emails with the subject header "Snopes Exposed!" alleging that they
lied about their findings to protect Obama. TruthOrFiction.com
also investigated this rumor and found that World Net Daily released the
story but the filed court cases did not question the President's birth
World Net Daily corrected the story and posted a comment that said, "An
earlier version of this story incorrectly described a series of cases
for which Elena Kagan represented the government as eligibility cases.
Those cases, in fact, were a series of unrelated disputes pending before
the Supreme Court and the references have been removed from this
here for our findings.
The George Soros Connection?
In 2011 this eRumor
once again went viral with the additional allegation that George Soros
was financing Snopes. Snopes denies this on the F.A.Q. page
on their website. Soros has been known to contribute to MoveOn.Org
and Media Matters.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
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 things they have listed on their site as a hoax and yet you can go
to Youtube yourself and find the video of Obama or others actually
saying these things. So it's up to you, but what is the value of "truth
or fiction" checks if the source is faulty? I simply can't trust
Snopes.com....ever for anything that remotely resembles truth! 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.com 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 and they also
tell lies on the other side about McCain and Palin.
Anyway just FYI please don't use Snopes.com anymore
for fact checking and make your friends aware of their political
leanings as well. Many people still think Snopes.com is neutral and they
can be trusted as factual. We need to make sure everyone is aware that
that is a hoax in itself.
Here is some information for those of you who think Snopes is an
authority of computer web authority!!!
Most of us have gone to Snopes for verify information that we were not
sure about. Now, come to find out, Snopes is not the paragon of truth we
thought it was. I just eliminated them as a source of honesty and
integrity. Please read and pass on to your email friends.
Snopes is heavily financed by George Soros, a huge financial supporter
In our Search for the truth department, we find what I have suspected on
many occasions. I went to Snopes to check this out and they said it was
false and there were no such dockets so I Googled the Supreme Court,
typed in Obama-Kagan, and guess what? Yep you got it. Snopes lied.
Everyone of those dockets are there. So Here is what I wrote Snopes:
Referencing the article about Elena
Kagan and Barak Obama dockets: The information you have posted stating
that there were no such cases as claimed and the examples you gave are
blatantly false. I went directly to the Supreme Court's website, typed
in Obama Kagan and immediately came up with all of the dockets that the
article made reference to.. I have long suspected that you really slant
things but this revelation is really shocking.
You exist behind a veil of half truths and distorted facts. Hoping you
will be honest and forthcoming in the future is probably expecting too
That being said, if you really didn't know THIS then your investigative
reporting is a sham; Kagan was representing Obama in all the petitions
to prove his citizenship. Now she may help rule on them. Folks, this is
really ugly. Chicago Politics; and the beat goes on and on and on...
Once again the US Senate sold us out! Well, someone figured out why
Obama nominated Elana Kagan for the Supreme Court.... Pull up the
Supreme Courts website, go to the docket and search for Obama. Kagan was
the Solicitor General for all the suits against him filed with the
Supreme Court to show proof of natural born citizenship. He owed her big
time. All of the requests were denied of course. They were never heard!
It just keeps getting deeper and deeper, doesn't it? The American people
mean nothing any longer. It all comes down to payback time for those who
compromised themselves to elect someone that really has no true right to
even be there.
Here are some websites of the Supreme Court Docket: When you look up
some of these hearings and guess what?? Elana Kagan is the attorney
Check out these examples: