Snopes.com does it again

November 19, 2020 |

This week, I discovered that the “fact-checking” site Snopes.com had done a piece on my Open Letter to Joe Biden. As usual with these pieces, it was filled with arguable leftwing talking points presented as indisputable facts, while it misrepresented what I wrote. But on the whole, it didn’t really attack my piece too much, because frankly, I don’t think there was anything to attack in it on a factual basis, and I stand by it. Their purported reason for running it was to verify that I actually did write it, since people were posting it on social media without links to the original site in my newsletter.

Here’s a piece of their introduction, with my corrections in parentheses, to show you how “objective” these so-called “fact-checkers” are:

“In the aftermath of the Nov. 3, 2020 U.S. election and Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s projected victory (only by the media, which has no authority to declare a winner), defeated incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump (the election has not been settled so calling Trump a “defeated incumbent” is inaccurate), along with some of his allies and his supporters, promoted unfounded and often easily-debunked allegations and conspiracy theories about electoral fraud playing a telling role in the outcome of the election (while some stories have proved incorrect, there are many such claims which have yet to be “debunked” or proven as “conspiracy theories,” and the jury is still out on whether there was sufficient fraud to have affected the election outcome), which they disputed more than a week after Biden was declared the winner (Biden has not been declared the winner, the stories began appearing as soon as the next day after the election, and Trump declared that he had actually won – also a disputed claim – on Thursday after the election, which is two days, not more than a week.)

Would you like me to drop by Snopes HQ and explain to your “fact-checkers” what a fact is?

Snopes also claimed that my letter included several “dubious,” later debunked claims of suspicious vote activity that I haven't changed. I made it clear there and in subsequent writings that I only report that these claims are being made, I don’t endorse their veracity. I’m not a leftist, so I’m not going to go back and rewrite old news stories. Besides, those claims have already been supplanted by countless others. But whether they eventually prove true or not, the salient “fact” to my article was that they did exist and need to be addressed because they affect the public's attitude toward their government.

The point of the letter was obviously not to endorse every claim of vote chicanery but to appeal to Biden (and by extension, his fellow Democrats) to join in calling for a full and transparent investigation to assure Americans that the vote was honest. Did they not just put us through a two-year, $40 million investigation of their claims of Russian collusion with the 2016 Trump campaign in the last election? And now we know for sure: there wasn’t any. I warned Biden in good faith that even if he prevailed, he would suffer the taint of suspicion by millions of Americans, just as Trump did, if the Democrats refuse to cooperate and keep putting up stonewalls and telling suspicious voters that they’re crazy and to shut up. That’s not good for him, and it’s not good for America as a whole.

There are certain things you learn from a decades-long career in politics that maybe a twentysomething Internet “fact-checker” doesn’t know. One is that once a politician loses the public trust, it’s very hard to win it back. Unlike Google, political leaders don’t have a monopoly. They can’t violate the public trust and sail blithely on, assuming there’s nobody else people can turn to.

And even if you have Google, most of the news media and all of social media on your side to censor any criticism or suspicion of you, you still can’t stop people from thinking it. Not even the most repressive communist regimes, where the government and military terrified people into voicing fake love for Dear Leader, could manage that.

Conservative humorist P.J. O’Rourke used to visit countries behind the Iron Curtain, and he wrote that the first thing oppressed people did when they discovered he was an American was to take him aside privately and tell him the latest jokes about what a corrupt, incompetent bunch of clowns their government masters were. If that’s what you want, then keep telling people they’re not allowed to question their leaders or voice their suspicions of wrongdoing by them

I’ll leave you with one more quote from Snopes that’s actually accurate:

“The main point of the letter appeared to be to ask Biden to ‘put partisanship and political ambition aside and join President Trump in demanding an impartial investigation into the very disturbing allegations of voter irregularities and fraud in Tuesday’s election.’”

Well, they got me there! I actually did call on a politician to put partisanship aside and work across the aisle to reassure voters that the election was honest. The HORROR!!!

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Comments 1-13 of 13

  • Barbara Plachecki

    11/21/2020 03:35 AM

    I have to admit that I was in shock at by the "outcome." I saw the crowds and heard their chanting in support of President Trump. He was treated with such disrespect and disdain even before he took the oath of office and continues to this day. When I hear the Left speak of "unity" I cringe. After all that President Trump has done for our country, economy and world relations, etc. he DESERVES an apology and a THANK YOU. Actually, he and Vice President Pence earned "four more years!"

  • Richard Lipshay

    11/20/2020 10:07 AM

    The tactics Fact-check uses...of half-truths, innuendo, selected and de-selected emphases, overemphasized rhetoric being miscued, tangential opinions and contextually baseless assertions are the Tools Of Fact-Check.

  • Betty

    11/19/2020 03:09 PM

    Was going to leave comment on Biden’s Facebook page but couldn’t figure how how to do it with following him and that ain’t happening!!
    Know he won’t read it even if he sees it. His minions will and will ignore it. Told him if he really wants to unify America and believes he won fair and square, he should call for bipartisan audit and recount. This would help ease everyone’s mind. Course this will go nowhere. But at least I felt better.

  • Cynthia K. Starowesky

    11/19/2020 11:41 AM

    Thank you. You are so correct. I respect your honesty. However, main stream media and big tech have us all under their control. They went so far as to lock me out of google and maps on my phone. I've already been locked out of Fakebook and Twitter. Please help in reigning them in.
    Sincerely,
    Cindy

  • Leonardo Urosa

    11/19/2020 10:43 AM

    Venezuelan regime did the same and they turn the elections several times using a similar method. At last they are going to be held accountable and avoid happening the same here in America

  • Sue VonderOhe

    11/19/2020 10:25 AM

    Mike, lies stick like molasses, truth runs like molasses. Truth wins in the end.

  • Rose Carle

    11/19/2020 10:09 AM

    I agree wholeheartedly that unless Biden gets behind the effort to find out the truth of the allegations of fraud and corruption in the 2020 election, I and the 82-83 million other Americans who voted for President Trump for reelection, will never believe this was a free and fair election. Biden should want to get to the truth, otherwise his legacy will be forever tainted by these allegations.

  • Douglas Goforth

    11/19/2020 08:59 AM

    I can't believe that even Snopes.com can't be trusted. To make matters worse, even Fox news is getting in on the fake news barrage. Wow!

  • TNC

    11/19/2020 08:18 AM

    I'm not gonna lie- that picture has me worried. How do you know apple won't turn on your watch and listen to everything you say? Just saying...
    Also, thank you for fact checking our "fact-checkers". ????????? And yes, Biden and his party will NEVER regain my trust in them

  • Laura Rahe

    11/19/2020 08:09 AM

    I feel like we are all Anne Frankes hiding out so we don’t get vandalized or yelled at or hurt or dead from left wing liberals. I use to wonder how Hitler could go so far before he was stopped. Now I see that the only solution is not to walk away or but stand up and fight.

  • Cheryl Moores

    11/19/2020 08:05 AM

    Thank you.

  • Pamela Jolley

    11/19/2020 08:03 AM

    Thank you Me Huckabee. Your knowledge gives us much insight. Please keep up the good fight. PS. My husband and I tune in every Saturday night.

  • Bryc Loel Spainhour

    11/19/2020 08:00 AM

    Unnamed sources nearly wrecked Donald Trump's presidency and I bet these so called fact checkers never uttered a word about anything written about them however, now they decide they need to fact check people who report on incidents that aren't unnamed and also have sworn affidavits to back up their claims. Do they want them to take lie detector test as well? Truth be told, these people have no business interfering with anything that is printed by a soul. Maybe they should learn to code or go to polling school instead.