Snopes: Fact-Checker of Jokes
Added 04-17-19 08:31:01pm EST - “To my knowledge, every purported fact checker in the United States is on the left--Snopes, PolitiFact, the Washington Post, the Associated Press. If there is a neutral or conservative fact checker operating--other than sites on the…” - Powerlineblog.com
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To my knowledge, every purported fact checker in the United States is on the left–Snopes, PolitiFact, the Washington Post, the Associated Press. If there is a neutral or conservative fact checker operating–other than sites on the free internet like Power Line–I don’t know who it is.
Snopes is not a sophisticated operation. It has fallen for satires on a number of occasions, purporting to fact-check what are obviously jokes. In at least a couple of cases, Snopes has fallen for Babylon Bee parodies. This instance is interesting because Snopes has finally caught on to the fact that the Babylon Bee is satirical, but “fact-checks” it anyway:
Now, come on. Does Snopes seriously think that anyone saw the Bee’s story and believed that Ocasio-Cortez went on The Price Is Right (which apparently still exists, to my surprise) and guessed that EVERY SINGLE THING IS FREE? Yes. Snopes actually believes that, or pretends to, even though it actually got the joke:
In mid-April 2019, an image supposedly showing U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez guessing that the cost of an item was “free” during an appearance on the daytime television game show “The Price is Right” started circulating on social media:
This is not a genuine photograph of Ocasio-Cortez on the show. This image was created for a satirical article that was originally published by The Babylon Bee.
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