Q&A Friday #27: Is Snopes Biased?

Question: “How accurate is snopes.com on political-related stuff? It’s take on Kerry’s Vietnam service, for example, would seem to contradict things I read in the MSM, let alone some rightish outlets. Csn it be depended on to accurately debunk political urban myths – or does it show a bias on those items?” — BMasso

Answer: Snopes does tilt to the left politically. That doesn’t mean they’ll make things up to stick it to conservatives or to help “their side,” but they will, at times (not always) ignore inconvenient facts, make questionable judgements, etc., if it’ll help someone on the left.

Look at their John Kerry medals page and their Al Gore invented the internet page for examples of that.

So, when it comes to politics, just be aware of their political bias. Maybe what they’re saying is right, maybe they’re fudging a little to help a Democrat. That’s worth remembering when you read their material.

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