Sometimes it can be pretty dangerous to look around in the parts of Twitter that don’t like the sunshine.
You know what I’m talking about: the hordes of the mentally undead who troll around and live in an alternative universe where facts don’t matter and the search for truth is futile.
But a few weeks ago, I found a Tweet chain that really does a good job in summing up why Donald Trump has become the presumptive Republican nominee for President.
Here it is in all its nutty glory:
Nothing pisses me off more on Twitter than people saying Snopes do your own research form your own conclusions Snopes is 2 liberal people
— ✯Trump 45th POTUS✯ (@realTrump4POTUS) April 24, 2016
@realTrump4POTUS Snopes is agenda driven. Of course, they are going to run interference for the communists.
— Who is John Galt? (@Dagny_Galt) April 24, 2016
@realTrump4POTUS Its so easy to find knowledge. I just think most people dont want to search.
— A&O (@LancastrianRed) April 24, 2016
Ah yes @LancastrianRed, it is so easy to find knowledge nowadays. And luckily, I do like to search for it, unlike you.
It turns out that many in the right-wing nut-o-sphere have been bashing Snopes for years, claiming that it is little more than a left-wing blog.
But this is not at all the truth. Snopes is run by two of the most non-partisan people you can find.
Founded in 1995 by Barbara and David Mikkelson, Snopes fact checks things that circulate around the Internet to help the general public decipher between fact and fiction. The website preforms a very important duty and has a sterling record according to many outside fact checkers.
One of those outside fact checkers, the properly named FactCheck.org looked into Snopes in 2009 to see whether it all added up. At the time, many conservatives were making claims that Snopes was a liberal tool.
But FactCheck could not find any evidence of liberal bias.
In fact, the Mikkelsons were found to be two of the most politically balanced people out there. David is a former Republican turned independent, while Barbara is a Canadian who can’t vote in US elections.
There is just no truth to the idea that Snopes has a political agenda. The only agenda it truly has is to inform their readers and to fight to discover the truth. That is called journalism and is the only thing that keeps our society from devolving into a PR run puffery state.
Of course, there is little hope that people that deny Snopes will be able to believe this fact check either.
That is why people like Donald Trump are able to rise: large swaths of America live in their own fact bubbles. And that is a serious problem that this election will surely not fix.
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