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Snopes

Supposed "fact checking" site that has edited entries without notice and which has failed to admit when they were misleading. Also substitutes mockery and piling on for open-minded, fact-based analysis. See, for example, this. After writing that, I sent them an email without effect and then tried to join their forums in order to point that out to their readers. My request was denied.

Last modified Sep 7, 2014
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Did Obama encourage illegal aliens to vote? Yes and no. - 11/07/16

In a November 3 interview with the actress Gina Rodriguez on the MiTu network, Barack Obama discussed voting as it relates to Hispanics. Full video of the interview below.

Who was Obama's birth doctor? (David Sinclair, Rodney West, ...; Snopes) - 04/27/11

Who was Obama's birth doctor? Was it Dr. David Sinclair, Dr. Rodney West, Dr. Spock, Mr. Spock, Dr. "Bones" McCoy, or someone else? When it comes to the Obama citizenship issue things are never clear (but it's probably not the last three). And, there's always the newtruth, which supersedes one or more versions of the oldtruth: what was the truth yesterday is no longer the truth today as the story changes and a new version of the truth is determined. So, for instance, the newtruth is that the person who delivered Obama was Dr. David Sinclair; that's enshrined on the "long-form birth...

Rumors falsely claim Walmart is cooperating with DHS on immigration raids at its stores - 03/16/10

Walmart is a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty and probably wouldn't cooperate on immigration raids with the Department of Homeland Security. Why bother?

Barack Obama gave differing accounts of which hospital he was born in (Wikipedia and Snopes too) (+Bill Press) - 07/08/09

Those who make the definitive claim that Barack Obama was born in Honolulu should know which hospital he was born in, right? How can you know for a fact that he was born there without knowing which hospital it was?

Gail Kerr's misleading Tennessean column (+a challenge) - 02/16/09

Gail Kerr, columnist for the Tennessean newspaper, offers "Lawmakers look dumb for reviving Obama hoax" (link). It concerns a lawsuit that four TN legislators are involved in seeks to find out whether Barack Obama is indeed eligible to be president. Whatever the details of the case (I'm not familiar with it), Kerr makes several misleading statements in the column.

Where was Barack Obama born? In Hawaii? In Kenya? Somewhere else? - 10/19/08

(Please see the Obama citizenship page for the latest.) Was Barack Obama born in Hawaii, or Kenya, or somewhere else? He claims to have been born in Hawaii, but no definitive proof has been provided. It is a false statement to definitively state that he was born in Hawaii, as some media sources have done. The most they should state is that there's a very strong possibility that he was born in Hawaii and he claims to have been born there, but some reporters and other sources cross the line into pretending that the matter has been settled. The matter has not been settled, and in fact...

National Council of La Raza gave award to racist professor ("eliminate the gringo", Jose Angel Gutierrez) - 02/06/08

The National Council of La Raza ("The Race") is currently leading a campaign to drive "hate speech" (i.e., opposition to illegal immigration) from the airwaves. Meanwhile, back in 1994, they gave their "Chicano Hero Award" to University of Texas at Arlington professor Jose Angel Gutierrez [1], who had made this comment in 1969, well before having received the award: "We have got to eliminate the gringo, and what I mean by that is if the worst comes to

Philip Dine/St. Louis Post-Dispatch: North American Union just "urban legend" - 05/23/07

Philip Dine of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers 'Urban legend of "North American Union" feeds on fears'. That appears to be the original title, it doesn't appear to have been printed in his own paper, and it's accompanied by a handy chart listing other "urban legends". The latter are obvious ones, such as the perennial favorite about a rebate from Microsoft.

The EPA and... pesticide testing on orphans and mentally handicapped children? - 11/17/05

I realize that as time goes on the Bush administration is looking more and more like a secret attempt to discredit the Republican Party, but even they wouldn't come out with a scheme to do pesticide testing on orphans and mentally handicapped children.

Snopes on "Terror in the Skies" - 07/26/04

From Snopes: Claim: Reporter encounters terrorists on airline flight who are making a dry run at assembling a bomb on-board. Status: False. Really.