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    About SNOPES.COM Who watches the watchers?

    For the past few years http://www.snopes.com/ has positioned itself, or others have labeled it, as the ‘tell-all final word’ on any comment, claim and email. But for several years people tried to find out who exactly was behind http://www.snopes.com/.

    It is run by a husband and wife team – no investigators or 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 website 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 http://www.snopes.com/ claiming to have the bottom line facts to certain questions or issue when in fact they have been proven wrong. Also, there were criticisms the Mikkelsons were not really investigating and getting to the ‘true’ bottom of various issues.

    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 onhttp://www.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 he would want to get to the bottom of this and I gave him Bud Gregg’s contact phone numbers – and Bud was going to give him phone numbers to the big exec’s at State Far m in Illinois who would have been willing to speak with him about it. He never called Bud. In fact, I learned from Bud Gregg no one from http://www.snopes.com/ ever contacted anyone with State Farm. Yet, http://www.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 Democrats 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 website findings. Gee, what a shock?

    So, I say this now to everyone who goes to http://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.

    I have found this to be true also! Many videos of Obama I tried to verify on Snopes and they said they were False… Then they gave their Liberal slant…!!! I have suspected some problems with snopes for some time now, but I have only caught them in half-truths. If there is any subjectivity they do an immediate full left rudder. Truth or Fiction’s web-site http://www.truthorfiction.com/ is a better source for verification, in my opinion.

    I have recently discovered that is http://www.snopes.com/ 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 actually saying these things. So you see, you cannot and should not trust http://www.snopes.com/ for anything that remotely resembles truth (SIC ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO LIBERAL vs CONSERVATIVE CONCERNS)! I don’t even trust them to tell me if email chains are hoaxes anymore.

    A few conservative speakers on MySpace told me about http://www..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. Anyway just FYI, please don’t usehttp://www.snopes.com/ anymore for fact checking and make your friends aware of their political leanings as well. Many people still think http://www.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.

    Thank you,

    Alan Strong, CEO/Chairman

    Commercial Programming Systems, Inc.

    4400 Coldwater Canyon Ave. Suite 200

    Studio City, CA. 91604-5039

    Phone: 888-277-4562 EX. 306/

    Direct 888-812-9234 or 818-308-8561

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