News -Commentary

‘Fact Checking’ Site Founder Wrapped Up With Ex-Porn Star! Will The TRUTH Be Known?

By  | 

Well this is just great!  I thought Snopes.com would come to the rescue, and save us all from the perilous purveyors of ‘fake news’ (reaking of sarcasm).  Now…it has come to light that the founder of this stainless truth telling orgnaization is hooked up with a former escort service queen.  Now that business is a model of integrity.  Here’s the story….

From Daily Mail

One of the websites Facebook is to use to arbitrate on ‘fake news’ is involved in a bitter legal dispute between its co-founders, with its CEO accused of using company money for prostitutes.

Snopes.com will be part of a panel used by Facebook to decide whether stories which users complain about as potentially ‘fake’ should be considered ‘disputed’.

But the website’s own troubles and the intriguing choice of who carries out its ‘fact checks’ are revealed by DailyMail.com, as one of its main contributors is disclosed to be a former sex-blogger who called herself ‘Vice Vixen’.

Snopes.com will benefit from Facebook’s decision to allow users to report items in their newsfeed which they believe to be ‘fake’.

It is asking a number of organizations to arbitrate on items which are reported or which Facebook staff think may not be genuine, and decide whether they should be marked as ‘disputed’.

Now a DailyMail.com investigation reveals that Snopes.com’s founders, former husband and wife David and Barbara Mikkelson, are embroiled in a lengthy and bitter legal dispute in the wake of their divorce.

He has since remarried, to a former escort and porn actress who is one of the site’s staff members.

e-young

They are accusing each other of financial impropriety, with Barbara claiming her ex-husband is guilty of ’embezzlement’ and suggesting he is attempting a ‘boondoggle’ to change tax arrangements, while David claims she took millions from their joint accounts and bought property in Las Vegas.

The Mikkelsons founded the site in 1995. The couple had met in the early 1990s on a folklore-themed online message board, and married before setting up the site.

Profiles of the website disclose that for some time before it was set up, the couple had posed as ‘The San Fernardo Valley Folklore Society’, using its name on letterheads, even though it did not exist.

A profile for the Webby Awards published in October describes it as ‘an entity dreamed up to help make the inquiries seem more legit’.

David Mikkeleson told the Los Angeles Times in 1997: ‘When I sent letters out to companies, I found I got a much better response with an official-looking organization’s stationery.’

In 2015, their marriage ended in divorce – but a bitter legal dispute continues.

Both stayed on as co-owners of Snopes – which is registered under its legal name of Bardav, Inc. and were its sole board members…..Read More

I can hardly wait to have this paragon of virtue screening the news for me. I’m sure I’ll only get the news stories that are best for me. (And the news that bests supports the liberal agenda. So, would you say they may be liberals? How about honest? NOT!

Send this to friend