Biden hard hat debacle is latest black mark for left-leaning, fact-checking site Snopes

Snopes’ latest gaffe last weekend put a spotlight on the left-leaning fact-checking site.

“Snopes are kids who think they’re the smartest students in the classroom and the center of attention from their teachers, when in reality everyone makes fun of them for being smart alecks.” said NewsBusters Editor-in-Chief Curtis Hock. Fox News Digital.

Snopes is largely taken as gospel by media elites, but CNN calls it “the internet’s oldest and best-known fact-checker,” and it once partnered with Facebook in its truth-checking business. be. Snopes’ own website boasts that he has been cited in publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, and that his staff has appeared on ABC, CNN, and NPR.

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Snopes, a left-leaning political fact-checker, overturned one of its rulings over the weekend, admitting that President Biden was indeed wearing a construction helmet backwards. (X: @amyklobuchar)

Over the weekend, Snopes overturned one of his rulings, confirming that President Biden was indeed wearing his construction helmet backwards. Biden was photographed while visiting union officials in Wisconsin, and the photo showed him wearing his helmet backwards, with the straps and tightening knobs clearly visible.

Snopes released his first fact-check, confirming the authenticity of the photo but insisting the president was correctly wearing a hard hat.

“At first glance, it looks like Biden is wearing that helmet backwards. However, after comparing with other photos and videos from the same event, we are forced to come to the opposite conclusion. Biden is wearing that helmet backwards.” The hat on his head was pointing forward, not backward,” Snopes initially claimed.

Social media users criticized Snopes because helmets typically have tightening straps on the back. The liberal fact-checking site has since reversed course.

“A strong argument is that if the hat is intentionally hung by the owner so that the brim and tightening knob go all the way back (as was the case with the hat worn by Biden), then the hat It’s the right thing to do.” A bill facing forward is effectively worn backwards, so in the photo shoot described below, Biden was wearing it backwards. “It is claimed that the strap and tightening knob should have been behind Biden’s head, and there was a scar on his forehead,” Snopes editors wrote in the latest edition of Fact Check.

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Snopes previously partnered with Facebook on a truth-seeking business.

Snopes has come under fire for recent missteps, with many pointing out the site has a history of shielding Democrats.

“The Snopes article is a great example of the overwhelming desire of ‘fact checkers’ to help Democrats. If a Republican had his hat on backwards, the article simply wouldn’t be written.”RealClearInvestigations Mark Hemingway, senior writer, writes: Snopes’ first instinct was to defend Biden.

Founded in 1994 to tackle urban legends, Snopes has evolved into a fact-checking website that many feel has an overtly liberal agenda. The company fact-checks the conservative satirical website The Babylon Bee, ultimately telling readers that it is “in the process of pioneering industry standards for how the fact-checking industry should best work.” Incidents such as these have forced the publication of embarrassing corrections and editor’s notes. Deals with humor and satire. ”

Houck, a longtime critic of Snopes, believes the helmet fiasco proves that Snopes is out of line.

“The fact that they had to be dragged through the mud to teach them how to properly wear a helmet shows that they have no idea what it’s like to be an American worker. Add in the fact that they targeted the Babylon Bee, which is a crime of conservative satire, but The Onion, which almost always gives a pass to the left, says they are the most protected on earth. Either you’re the most stupid adult or you’re the stupidest adult,” Hauck said.

Last year, Snopes was forced to change its ratings over claims suggesting X’s owner Elon Musk’s Starlink was partially responsible for the Ocean Gate submarine disappearance. Although Musk is not a member of Congress, his rhetoric often makes him a target on the left, and Snopes was no exception.

Snopes claims claims that Musk’s company is somehow responsible is “true,” then updates fact check to say “not proven,” adding necessary context at the end It deemed this claim “false.”

“Snopes is a fraud,” Musk declared at the time.

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AOC and DeSantis

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.N.Y.) and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis take different positions on fact-checking Snopes. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc, via Getty Images/Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Snopes said in 2022 that the realistic list of banned books circulating on social media, which included titles such as “The Lord of the Rings,” was not simply “false.” The film was reprimanded by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ office for claiming that it was “born as satire” instead of a joke. . ”

“There is clearly a double standard. Lies about the governor and conservative policies are covered up by ‘started as satire’ style firings, and in most cases are met with no penalty. Meanwhile, conservative voices are frequently “Censored — even when conservative voices are simply exposing) left-wing extremist ideas,” DeSantis’ office told Fox News Digital at the time.

In 2021, Snopes raised eyebrows with his seeming contradictions regarding the controversy surrounding Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Capitol riot story. The New York Democrat offered an emotional account of what he said he experienced on January 6, telling his Instagram followers that he thought he was going to die after hearing banging outside his office door. He spoke repeatedly.

Critics noted that Ocasio-Cortez was not inside the main Capitol building when the mob attacked. Many accused the “squad” leaders of exaggerating or fabricating the claims.

Snopes said, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez exaggerated the danger she was in during the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot in that she was ‘not even at the Capitol’ when the riot occurred.” I accepted the claim that “I did it,” and evaluated it. “Most of them are lies.”

However, the liberal site acknowledged under its “Truth” section that “Ocasio-Cortez was not in the main building of the Capitol, where the House and Senate chambers are located.”

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Also in 2021, Snopes co-founder David Mickelson was found to have plagiarized 54 articles. That same year, the New York Post editorial board condemned fact-checking sites.

“While bills itself as the ‘definitive fact-checking site,’ it turns out to be a major source of misinformation,” the editorial board wrote. “This is just the latest example of ‘fact-checking’ serving as a cover for partisan, left-wing opinions.”

Mr. Snopes did not respond to requests for comment.

Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom, Lindsay Kornick, Gabriel Hays and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.



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