just a question who has verified snopes. what makes them any better than fox or nbc. just a question not picking a fight.....yet
Snopes typically posts sources of where they get their information, just like any reference page or bibliography of any well written research paper. Fox, MSNBC, CNN, etc doesn't. Instead, they'll say they have "informed sources" or "anonymous sources" or whatever, and rarely post any additional sources other than Reuters, so audiences of Fox, CNN, MSNBC have a harder time verifying stories. Listen carefully to Fox, they do it all the time. In addition, Snopes also usually falls right in line with what other fact checking websites have to say on the same subjects. Lastly, if Snopes doesn't know, they'll tell you up front by saying something is "undetermined". They won't draw conclusions about a story until they get the facts straight.
The whole idea that Snopes is a "liberal website" is yet another urban legend. It's the excuse people have when they don't agree with what Snopes writes. That same garbage is thrown up at other sites such as Factcheck.org, which is actually a strongly republican funded site. If you ever have a question about Snopes, look at other fact checking websites for the same story, or simply follow the references posted to see the info yourself. No one says you have to agree with Snopes, but at least they are more informed and educated than the endless forwarded emails that flood my inbox.
Are these sites 100% correct every single time? No. And they'll even admit it. Here is a quote directly from Snopes, and I put in bold the parts everyone should pay attention to:
We don't expect anyone to accept us as the ultimate authority on any
topic, which is why our site's name indicates that it contains
reference pages. Unlike the plethora of anonymous individuals who
create and send the unsigned, unsourced e-mail messages that are
forwarded all over the Internet, we show our work. The research
materials we've used in the preparation of any particular page are
listed in the bibliography displayed at the bottom of that page so that
readers who wish to verify the validity of our information may check
those sources for themselves.
Yes, I put much more faith in Snopes than I do in Fox, MSNBC, CNN, and other news networks. I wish the major news networks would list their sources for every story they report. If so, they might pay a bit more attention and be a little more accurate in their reporting.
So, now to pose a question to everyone... why do people insist on believing unverified forwarded emails that have no sources listed, instead of sites such as Snopes or Factcheck.org?