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Doesn't anyone read Snopes?

Over at the Bomb Squad, kimsch brings us this warning to register our cell phone numbers with the national Do Not Call registry, lest we be bombarded with telemarketing calls.

Folks, it's BOGUS. An urban legend.

Repeat after me, folks. Snopes is your friend. Snopes is your friend. Snopes is your friend...

(Anyone who would like to argue with Snopes would be well advised to do some actual research and cite authoritative sources, like they do. Simply saying crap like "if everyone's saying it, there must be some truth in it" or "it can't hurt to register anyway" is simply putting a big "I am a gullible twit" sign on your chest.)

And for heaven's sake, DON'T mindlessly forward every panicked e-mail warning before checking it out for yourself. The spammers are complaining that crap like this is hogging the bandwidth they need for viagra, penis enlargement, credit counseling, and Nigerians looking to share their wealth.


Comments (7)

>Anyone who would like to a... (Below threshold)
Paul:

>Anyone who would like to argue with Snopes would be well advised to do some actual research and cite authoritative sources, like they do.

Yes and No...

In the past, Barbara has been a stand up gal detected to getting things right (and the important part) in an unbiased way.

Sadly, in the last several years she has been selectively looking at facts in some of her poltical stories.

The most notable example is where she claims Gore never said he invented the internet. She completely blows it in her first paragraph:

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Despite the derisive references that continue even today, Al Gore did not claim he "invented" the Internet, nor did he say anything that could reasonably be interpreted that way.
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Let's review, he said: "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

I guess if you are a rabid Gore supporter you could argue it either way... and lord knows it has been... but when she says "nor did he say anything that could reasonably be interpreted that way" she cooks her own goose. She shifts from presenting the facts to mis-representing the facts.

She's great for bogus email but she's been letting her political bias creep in more and more. Sadly in my geek brain, once you lie to me about Al Gore, I really don't trust you as an authoritative source any more.

my 2 cents

Snopes is good for Urban le... (Below threshold)

Snopes is good for Urban ledgends, and like Wiki, a great place to start. But to start and end with Snopes as an authority is just as bad as taking a single email as gospel.

Snopes has been wrong several times (politics excluded because most of those are opinions, not facts anyway).

She writes entries on the f... (Below threshold)
JohnAnnArbor:

She writes entries on the false Bush stuff too, like him supposedly saying the French have no word for "entrepreneur"....

I have an email buddy who f... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

I have an email buddy who forwards everything and never checks snopes. Like the email about coughing when you start having a heart attack. So I go to snopes and there's an entry about how the email is true, but it's not that easy. There's a link to a medical university saying, "You can't learn to do it correctly by reading an email" and that it could make things worse.

I have stopped responding with a "Dude, do you even know who snopes is?" and just hit "reply to all" if his forwarded email is dangerous, like the coughing one.

Yes, snopes is your friend.

By the way, did you know that Congress is pushing a bill that would charge 10 cents for every blog post and 5 cents for every blog comment? Write your friends, we need to get that bill stopped. My friend who works for Congressan Jeff Johnson told me so it must be true.

By the way, did you know... (Below threshold)
mesablue:

By the way, did you know that Congress is pushing a bill that would charge 10 cents for every blog post and 5 cents for every blog comment? Write your friends, we need to get that bill stopped.

I don't know, I might support that one. Think about what it would do to the kids at Kos, Atrios and DU. I'd happily pay a few bucks a year to add to their angst. Especially since any bill like that could only come from their heroes.

Jay, I did put an update on... (Below threshold)

Jay, I did put an update on the post after I got your comment. I still think there's no harm in adding the numbers to the do not call list proactively.

Thanks for pointing to Snopes by the way.

Snopes is usually reliable,... (Below threshold)
KC:

Snopes is usually reliable, but here's an example of them being a faux ami: the story of New Orleans phantom police.

They were strictly correct that the story they discussed was a satire. However, the satire was based on a real news report, and they did not mention that. AFAIK, the real news report has not been looked into even though it should be.




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