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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 email.

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 - kinda 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 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
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.  I can personally vouch for that complaint.

A few months ago, a State Farm agent, Bud Gregg, in Mandeville hoisted a political sign referencing Barack Obama and made a big splash across the internet, 'supposedly' the Mikkelson's 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 he would want to get to the bottom of this and gave him Bud Gregg's contact phone numbers - and 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, according to Bud Gregg 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 Mikkelson's are very Democratic (party) 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 Mikkelson's liberalism revealing itself in their website 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 Mikkelson's do.  After all, I can personally vouch from my own experience for the

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i always wondered about that site. now it all makes sense.
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From "Truth or Fiction" site:
 
 
 
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

From "Truth or Fiction" site:
 
 
 
That's great. "Just ask me if I'm lying, I'll tell you the truth. Trust me"
Yea, right.
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I would agree if the link was from Snopes claiming it isn't lying about itself.  However, that link is from Truth or Fiction, the competing website to Snopes, which was suggested by the piece above as being a more reliable source of information. 
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