The Co-Founder Of The Fact-Checking Site Snopes Was Writing Plagiarized Articles Under A Fake Name
Remember on the old forum when, Curt, especially, attempted to "prove" what's true or false by appealing to the authority of Snopes?
Remember OD and me tittering? (Great word. Love that word.)
I always thought that there was a stench about Snopes.
It turns out, I have a good sense of smell.
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by Curt Anderson on August 14, 2021 10:28 am
Is it really plagiarism if it's written under a fake name?
Plagiarism is the representation of another author's language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions as one's own original work.
Anyway, that's an ethical breach of some sort, certainly. That doesn't make Snopes any less authoritative. In fact, that the cleaned their house and were transparent about makes them more credible.
The bottom line is that nobody should simply take Snope's, Wikipedia's or anybody's word that something is true or false. The fact checkers do what I strive to do, namely cite relevant articles or videos in which the politician (or whoever) contradicted themselves or a contemporaneous report refutes a Facebook claim, quote the authors of studies, etc.
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