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Notes from the Newsroom
John I. Carney

Misattribution

Posted Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 12:50 PM
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  • Out of curiosity, how do we know Snopes is correct?

    I have used them also, but the thought has crossed my mind several times. What makes them the source for accuracy?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 2:58 PM
  • This is not meant as a smart a.... question. I am truly curious how Snopes verifies and how they became the trusted source they seem to be.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 7:57 PM
  • I didn't mean to ignore your question. There was a great profile of the couple that operates Snopes.com a year or two ago, and I've been meaning to look it up and just haven't got the chance yet.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Thu, May 5, 2011, at 6:45 AM
  • http://www.theroot.com/buzz/fake-mlk-quo...

    An English teacher in Japan is responsible for the quote attributed to MLK, but it was not intentional. She wrote the phrase in question before a real quote from King and in the process of being reposted and Tweeted, the quotes around the King part got dropped.

    Here's the original. http://i.imgur.com/cqtjw.jpg

    -- Posted by MotherMayhem on Thu, May 5, 2011, at 8:04 AM
  • I think this is the profile I was thinking of, from the New York Times:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/05/techno...

    They started out simply trying to archive and categorize urban legends, and the site sort of evolved from there.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Thu, May 5, 2011, at 11:33 AM
  • Steve, even snopes is aware that it shouldn't be relied on 100 percent. They've been known to slip some fake reports in there before.

    http://www.snopes.com/lost/mistered.asp

    http://www.snopes.com/lost/false.asp

    -- Posted by MotherMayhem on Thu, May 5, 2011, at 11:50 AM
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