This must be a really old article. There has been no mystery about who runs the
site since I started using it many years ago.
About snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/info/aboutus.asp
About snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/info/aboutus.asp The snopes.com website
was founded by David Mikkelson, who lives and works in the Los Angeles area.
View on www.snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/info/aboutus.asp
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From: Don Loos <l.donaldloos@...>
Sent: Fri, Oct 14, 2016 7:12 pm
Subject: Fwd: Snopes
DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ ON sNOPES!
Snopes Got Snoped
Snopes is run by a man and a woman with no background in investigation using
Google. Snopes.com has been considered the 'tell-all final word' on any
comment, claim and email. Once negative article by them and people point and
say, "See, I told you it wasn't true!" But what is Snopes? What are their
methods and training that gives them the authority to decide what is true and
what is not? For several years people have tried to find out who exactly was
behind the website Snopes.com. Only recently did they get to the bottom of it.
Are you ready for this? It is run by a husband and wife team - that's right, no
big office of investigators scouring public records in Washington, no
researchers studying historical stacks in libraries, no team of lawyers
reaching a consensus on current caselaw. No, Snopes.com is just a mom-and-pop
operation that was started by two people who have absolutely no formal
background or experience in investigative research.
David and Barbara Mikkelson pictured above; are from San Fernando Valley of
California. They started their website 'Snopes' about 13 years ago. After a
few years it began gaining popularity as people believed it to be unbiased and
neutral. But over the past couple of years people started asking questions when
'Snopes' was proven wrong in a number of their conclusions. There were also
criticisms the Mikkelsons were not really investigating and getting to the
'true' bottom of various issues, but rather asserting their beliefs in
In 2008, State Farm agent Bud Gregg hoisted a political sign in Mandeville,
Louisiana referencing Barack Obama and made a big splash across the internet.
The Mikkelson's were quick to "research" this issue and post their condemnation
of it on Snopes.com. In their statement they claimed the corporate office of
State Farm pressured Mr. Gregg into taking down the sign. In fact, nothing of
the sort ever took place. A friend of Mr. Gregg personally contacted David
Mikkelson to alert him of the factual inacuracy, leaving him Mr. Gregg's
contact phone numbers. Mr. Mikkelson was told that Mr. Gregg would give him the
phone numbers to the big exec's at State Farm in Illinois who would inform them
that they had never pressured Mr. Gregg to take down his sign.
But the Mikkelson's never called Mr. Gregg. In fact, Mr. Gregg found out that
no one from Snopes.com had ever contacted any one with State Farm. Yet,
Snopes.com has kept their false story of Mr. Gregg up to this day, as the
"final factual word" on the issue.
What is behind Snopes' selfish motivation? A simple review of their
"fact-checking" reveals a strong tendency to explain away criticisms towards
liberal politicians and public figures while giving conservatives the hatchet
job. Religious stories and issues are similarly shown no mercy. With the
"main-stream" media quickly losing all credibility with their fawning treatment
of President Obama, Snopes is being singled out, along with MSNBC and others,
as being particularly biased and agenda-modivated.
So if you really want to know the truth about a story or a rumor you have
heard, by all means do not go to Snopes.com! You could do just as well if you
were a liberal with an internet connection. Don't go to wikipedia.com
http://wikipedia.com either as their team of amateur editors have also been
caught in a number of bold-faced liberal-biased untruths. (Such as Wikigate
and their religious treatment of Obama
Take anything these sites say with a grain of salt and an understanding that
they are written by people with a motive to criticize all things conservative.
Use them only to lead you to solid references where you can read their sources
Plus, you can always Google a subject and do the research yourself. It now
seems apparent that's all the Mikkelson's do.