So I go to truthorfiction.com and type in snopes.com
Here is link to the whole articlehttp://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/snopes.htm
And here is a quote from the article.
Snopes.com is an excellent site that has become an authoritative source for information about urban legends and forwarded emails. We regard David and Barbara Mikkelson, the founders and operators of Snopes.com, as colleagues and professional researchers who have earned a good reputation for what they do.
Here are some of my observations.
But for several years people tried to find out who exactly was behind snopes.com.
CNN knew in 2004 http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0405/02/sm.05.html
Only recently did Wikipedia get to the bottom of it - kinda makes you wonder what they were hiding
Wikipedia started in 2001 and is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world; anyone can edit it. The first post in Wikipedia about snopes.com was written on February 14, 2004 http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Snopes&oldid=2411032
Well, now we know. It is run by a husband and wife team. That's right, no big office of investigators and researchers, and no team of lawyers. It's just a small operation that began
as a hobby.
Five days later, the fact that Mikkelsons run site was added http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Snopes&oldid=2557937
After a few years it gained popularity, with people believing it to be unbiased and neutral, but over the past couple of years some of their answers got people started asking questions who was behind it and did they have a selfish motivation?
This was first noted in Wikipedia on September 3, 2004. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Snopes&oldid=5850137
They give a link to site that lists accusations against snopes. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/968235/posts
The reason for the questions and skepticism - 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.
This is statement from snopes.com FAQ page http://snopes.com/info/faq.asp
Q: How do I know the information you've presented is accurate?
A: 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.
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' claimed to have researched this issue before posting their findings on snopes. 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 execs at State Farm in Illinois who would have been willing to speak with him about it. He never called Bud. In fact, I learned from Bud Gregg that 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!
And here is link to snopes.com response: http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/chicken.asp
In this article, they offer their side of story saying that they did contact State Farm and they post State Farm's response along with references.
Bottom line, do the research. Anyone can type an email.
In defense of Bob's observations, I have stated before that I have also noted snopes.com does lean to the left. Truthorfiction.com is more "conservative".
Here is a little more about truthorfiction.comhttp://www.truthorfiction.com/about.htm
Here is a source I did find to be 100% reliable.http://www.biblegateway.com