House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calls on Republicans who hold the majority in Congress to return to Washington from recess to deal with urgent and unresolved issues like the Zika virus, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Who Will Fact Check Snopes?

If Nancy Pelosi encouraged Americans to wire funds to a “Nigerian Prince”, today’s iteration of Snopes would helpfully explain that its actually a legitimate investment choice.

Long before “Fake News” was an overused phrase, I was a big supporter of Snopes.  When chain emails, or later, viral social media posts, claimed something too good (or too bad) to be true, it was my first stop to verify, and ‘gently’ persuade the sender that Mark Zuckerberg was not, in fact, giving away a million dollars to the first 100 people to share a particular post on Facebook.

We need something like Snopes, but its leftist staff are driving it toward failure.  In the past few years, they have been caught fudging the truth to defend Planned Parenthood, and covering for the lack of flags at the Democratic National Convention this summer

After the President’s address to the Joint Session, they were at it again, not fact checking, but defending Nancy Pelosi and Keith Ellison from the accusation that they didn’t stand and applaud Navy Seal widow Carryn Owens.

When the story first broke, I honestly expected it to be a hoax.   Not quite.  It is true that for a brief moment, Pelosi and Ellison put aside their petulance, and applauded the hero’s widow.  It is also true that they couldn’t bring themselves out of their night of self pity to stand and applaud with the rest of the attendees during the second, more sustained, round of applause.

What Snopes boldly declared false, was really a legitimate case of “half true”.   Pelosi and Ellison weren’t petulant toddlers for the entire moment, only the longest, most significant part.

A truth loving, fact checking, hoax busting site should be able to deal with that level of nuance, but that’s not what Snopes is anymore.

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