Snopes fact check

Is Snopes reliable? Is Snopes biased? Are Snopes fact-checks accurate?

A while back, there were some demonstrations at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Democrat representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former bartender and waitress, told everyone that she had nearly died because the rioters broke into her office.

It was later discovered that she was never in the Capitol bulding.

Newsweek reported AOC’s version of the events:

Ocasio-Cortez said that rioters actually entered her office, forcing her to take refuge inside her bathroom after her legislative director Geraldo Bonilla-Chavez told her to “hide, hide, run and hide.”

“And so I run back into my office,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I slam my door. There’s another kind of like back area to my office, and I open it, and there’s a closet and a bathroom. And I jump into my bathroom.”

Ocasio-Cortez said [she] was hiding behind the door “and then I just start to hear these yells of, ‘Where is she?’”

As members of the mob banged against the door, Ocasio-Cortez believed “this was the moment where I thought everything was over.”

“And the weird thing about moments like these is that you lose all sense of time,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “In retrospect, maybe it was 4 seconds. Maybe it was 5 seconds, maybe it was 10 seconds. Maybe it was one second, I don’t know. It felt like my brain was able to have so many thoughts.”

“In between the screams and the yells,” Ocasio-Cortez added, “I mean, I thought I was going to die.”

Daily Wire explains that Newsweek had to correct their story after it emerged that AOC’s version was not true:

Republican Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), whose office is two doors down from Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, noted that “insurrectionists” never made it to their hall when the U.S. Capitol building was breached on Jan. 6.

[…]Mace argued that Newsweek was misleading in how they categorized AOC’s own account in an effort to “fan fictitious news flames.”

Maps don’t lie:

Map of Capitol AOC

Newsweek issued a correction:

After Rep. Mace criticized Newsweek’s coverage, the outlet issued a correction to amend the description of Ocasio-Cortez’s account as follows: “Ocasio-Cortez said that an individual actually entered her office, forcing her to take refuge inside her bathroom after her legislative director Geraldo Bonilla-Chavez told her to ‘hide, hide, run and hide.’”

Newsweek’s correction note reads: “A previous version of this story stated that Ocasio-Cortez’s office was entered by rioters. Ocasio-Cortez’s office was actually entered by a Capitol police officer that did not identify himself. Newsweek regrets the error.”

So that’s the error, which was acknowledged by Newsweek. But what does Snopes think? Did they side with AOC’s delusional conspiracy theory? Or did they side with reality, facts and evidence?

Well, they report that the claim that AOC wasn’t even in the Capitol building as “Mostly False“.

They wrote:

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.

Rating

Mostly False

But their own fact-check acknowledges that the claim “she wasn’t even in the Capitol building” is TRUE:

What’s True

Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t in the main Capitol building where the House and Senate Chambers are located.

The more important point – the actual claim that people are making – is that the rioters never broke into AOC’s office. According to Newsweek, AOC says “rioters actually entered her office”. Newsweek’s correction says that the rioters never actually broke into her office. Conservatives are agreeing with Newsweek’s correction. Only Snopes seems to have a problem with the facts reported by Newsweek. They just can’t bring themselves to accept reality, that AOC lied in order to appear to be a victim.

Snopes’ “fact check” will be used by left-wing Big Tech companies to suppress the truth that was admitted by Newsweek in their correction to their original AOC-sourced story. People on the secular left are so desperate to appear to be victims, that it affects their sanity. It’s like a mental illness. And when they are called on it, they all circle the wagons and defend their conspiracy theories.

And this isn’t the first time that Snopes has failed.

Not the first time

In fact, the author of the Snopes article has been caught up in left-wing conspiracies before, and had to issue a retraction:

Why didn’t Snopes fire her after the first retraction? Well, my conclusion that Snopes is mostly a conspiracy website for secular leftists. Their writers mostly publish conspiracy theories, urban legends, myths, delusions, lies and other counterfactual nonsense on their web site. And the goal of their website is mostly just to give comfort to secular leftists who have failed at life, and are now living in a dream world where all their failures are caused by those conservative people who they look down on, who achieved more success in practical private sector jobs than they have with their many worthless debt-fueled non-STEM degrees.

So how would I rate Snopes as a fact-checker?

Rating: Mostly False.

7 thoughts on “Is Snopes reliable? Is Snopes biased? Are Snopes fact-checks accurate?”

  1. LOL – “mostly false” is a generous assessment of Snopes. And AOC.

    You have to remember that the Left is all about relative truth and moral relativism. While all of us stumble into these sins from time to time, the Left DWELLS in this environment. It is a terrible place to be – I would know. They end up as colossal hypocrites, but without the self-awareness to even realize it.

    Thus, they can say “abortion is a serious issue, but Donald Trump’s tweets have GOT to stop!”

    I got a little bit fooled by Snopes in my early Christian walk. But, then it hit me: who is fact-checking the fact checkers?!?

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    1. Maybe what makes them so dangerous is that they are not totally unreliable. They give a spoonful of sugar so the poison goes down smoothly. The incidents they get right gives the deceptive impression that they are fair. Then their bias shapes stories like this.

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  2. I would care less about her exaggeration had she not been using her near death claim as a reason to go after politicians and those she disagrees with.

    If you use false facts to try and push an agenda it is wrong.

    Had it been a story of I was scared and thought I would die it is less of an issue.

    It would be like a person a block or two from the Chaz Seattle occupation hearing gun fire a few blocks away claiming it was outside their door. An exaggeration of location but less of an issue.

    But when you use events as a platform to remove opponents it is an entirely different thing. Aoc tried to use this as a mechanism to remove opponents from power wanting them to step down

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    1. She’s pushing socialism with her lies, and many young women (and simp men) will believe her and give her sympathy and obedience. My plan is to avoid letting women like that control any part of my life, including my home. No marriage!

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  3. Who’s checking the “fact-checkers”? I cannot even count the many times I’ve encountered “fact-checks” at well-know “fact-checking” sites that are objectively wrong, and clearly misguiding. A disgusting example is the Southern Poverty Law Center, or Snopes. The most damaging is the way big online platform seem to be removing content based on some of these so-called “facts”, effectively functioning as a publisher, while trying to appear to be platforms, thereby restricting free speech as a form of power control.

    Worst recent example would be the removal of YouTube videos of a hearing at the senate of a group of doctors who have published proof for an effective COVID medicine. All in the name of “fact-checking”.

    It’s the ultimate Orwellian Newspeak.

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