For years, the so-called fact-checking outfit known as Snopes has been gaslighting the American people by claiming to be an authoritative source of truth and declaring events and ideas that contradict leftist or government talking points as false. The research tools for use in this endeavor include Google, full stop. In short, they are a couple in Orange County, California whose truth-finding capabilities are on par with the average stay-at-home parent and who we are meant to believe is the final word in fact and truth.
Judging by the pictures we’ve seen of them, they should have their cat’s diet fact-checked, but that’s just the start of their problems. Founder David Mikkelson has been accused of embezzling nearly $100,000 and left his wife and Snopes co-founder to marry a porn star.
Now Mikkelson has been suspended by the Snopes organization for massive plagiarism, for instructing Snopes staff to steal other people’s work. According to the disgraced fact-checking outfit, “[…] internal research has found 54 stories Mikkelson published using appropriated material, including all stories shared with us by Buzzfeed.”
Former managing editor for Snopes, Brook Binkowski said, “He wrote about topics he knew would attract hate mail under an assumed name. It also made it seem as if he had more staff than he actually had. He instructed us to copy text from sites, post them verbatim, and change the story in real-time.”
According to other former employees, part of Mikkelson’s business model was the use of other people’s work as a way to make it look as if Snopes was larger than it actually was and to appear to “get the scoop” on stories of the day.
According to ZeroHedge, Mikkelson excuses himself saying, “I didn’t come from a journalism background. I wasn’t used to doing news aggregation. Several times I crossed the line to where it was copyright infringement. I own that.”
The company has been targeted by lawsuits for years now and has recently raised over a million and a half dollars to fight a slew of lawsuits from the tech company Proper Media. However, the total number of stolen stories Snopes has claimed to have originated is likely to be unknown.
Ironically, today’s best news media outlets on the Internet do not originate stories. Some do, but not all. Rather, the vanguard of truth-tellers out there today focus their efforts on reporting on news stories themselves, looking for inconsistencies in corporate narratives, and for misinterpretations of law, history, and reason.
Snopes could have filled this role as easily as the best of us, telling the truth to the best of their ability — accepting the fact that they could always be wrong — and admitting it when they are. Here at Liberty Planet, this is our chosen role, reporting on the news, doing our best to expose lies and evil where logic and vetted history make such work possible.
In an age when truth and information are so readily available, there is no excuse for dishonesty.