Most Social Media ‘Independent’ Fact Checkers Are Biased, False, and Corrupt
When you get a notice from a social media site informing you that your post is not true, most likely it is very true.
For instance, an organization known as Lead Stories is a major “independent fact checker”for Facebook. They brag that Lead Stories is certified by the Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).
Don’t let that fool you like it does so many others. It’s about as worthless as a Snopes thumbs up answer. Poynter and the IFCN are supported by such bias bastards as eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar and U.S. George Soros’s Open Society Foundations.
Facebook’s prized fact-checker, Lead Stories, is a biased group swelling with ex-CNN staffers who donate religiously to the Democratic Party.
Last summer, when The National Pulse (TNP), exposed financial links between Black Lives Matter, and then presidential candidate Joe Biden, and Soro’s fundraiser ActBlue, Lead Stories declared the information as “partly false.”
Upon research for a possible lawsuit (Facebook declined a review request) it was discovered over half of Lead Stories staff were Democratic donors whom had worked for CNN in the past.
A quarter of the employees were recurring Democratic donors, TNP revealed, suggesting a scandalous conflict of interest, especially given the story they’d flagged at the conservative outlet was about contributions to a Democratic presidential campaign.
Lead Stories founder Perry Sanders had donated over $10,000 to Democratic political campaigns, including Hillary Clinton’s and Barack Obama’s presidential runs. TNP provided links to back up the laundry list of partisan affiliations it had stumbled across.
Other writers were exposed as Democratic operatives and large financial contributors to far-right causes.
Gita Smith, was listed in 99 separate small-dollar donations to various Democratic candidates, as well as some contributions directly to ActBlue and the activism group Indivisible.
Editor-in-chief Alan Duke, who had initially rebuffed TNP’s editor’s request to have its fact-check reconsidered, spent nearly three decades with CNN as a reporter and editor.
Senior editor Monte Plott spent over a decade with CNN. Five other names on the group’s masthead had also worked at CNN at some point.
Jessica Ravitz, who bills herself as a “freelance journalist and storyteller” on her LinkedIn page, worked for 10 years with CNN. She spent nearly four years with the Anti-Defamation League, a self-styled anti-“hate” watchdog that spends most of its considerable resources demonizing political voices that deviate from the neoliberal centrist mainstream-media line.
Lead Stories had unwittingly triggered the truth about their extreme bias by flagging such stories titled “Black Lives Matter Website, ‘Defund the Police’ Donations Go to ‘Act Blue’, the ‘Biden for President’ Campaign’s Top Source of Donations.”
They overlay such articles with a grayed-out “party-false information” warning screen on Facebook and include their nonsense in a “Hoax Alert” section of their website. Ironically, the fact-checker was actually correct in one case: BLM’s donations go through, not to ActBlue, which is a payment processor for Democratic campaigns and not the ultimate source of the Biden campaign’s cash.
However, when TNP editor-in-chief Raheem Kassam corrected the headline to change “to” to “through,” he claimed Lead Stories refused to lift the “partly false” distinction, even though the new headline was factually correct and the meat of the story – that Biden’s campaign and Black Lives Matter were using the same payment processor and, thus, gave the impression of being ideological peers – was never called into question.
Using Snopes to defend a leftist idea or cause is an instant lack of credibility indicator.
Snopes is half owned by Proper Media, an ad agency that makes money by generating millions of views on third-party advertisements.
Snopes was started as a husband and wife team who’ve sinced divorced when founder David Mikkelsen embezzled $98,000 to spend on “himself and prostitutes,” according to the lawsuit.
Snopes uses a very conscious, malicious form of misinformation to mislead and manipulate their readers by selective application of facts and omission of context.
Typically, they present a partisan picture advancing a particular narrative, specifically the preferred perspective the far-left establishment wants to promote.
Their strategy is consistent:
1) Create a strawman statement that is clearly false.
2) State that it is false.
3) Painstakingly establish that said strawman is not true with evidence.
Their vulnerabilty (if you are wanting to debate with sheep) is usually in the contents of their “what’s true” section, which is usually the bulk of their claims.
A high profile example of Snopes’ lack of integrity was in February 2021 when their “fact-checker” responded to this claim: “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez exaggerated the danger she was in during the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, in that she ‘wasn’t even in the Capitol building’ when the rioting occurred.” They labeled the accusation as being “mostly false.”
AOC was NOT in the Capitol building and was not in danger. Snopes was torn apart publically:
NewsBusters analyst Nicholas Fondacaro said, “Snopes and Bethania Palma (author of this piece of crap) are not about the facts or the truth. They’re hacks trying to provide cover for a liar because they agree politically.”
The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro said, “This is a weird fact-check from Snopes. I mean, they say that ‘what’s true’ is EXACTLY what the DW tweet says. Then they call the DW tweet ‘misleading.’ Almost as though they’re just a Left-wing spin outfit.”
The Daily Caller’s Logan Hall said, “basically, this snopes fact check was morally correct, but not factually accurate.”
Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon tweeted: “They acknowledge the claim is true, then go on to rate it ‘mostly false,’ anyway. @snopes is shameless.”