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The U.S. "Rumor Clinics" in WWII: The Snopes of their day. And the government didn't like them much.

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Cyrano, May 19, 2017.

  1. Cyrano

    Cyrano Resident Curmudgeon Forum Contributor

    New York
    A good article that still has points applicable today, considering the outright lies the liberal left and the so-called "resistance" try to promulgate.

    What I found most interesting is the fact the yankee gummint did not like the fact they could not effectively control them, so they did their best to put them out of business. The Roosevelt Administration wanted the Office of War Information to be a sole source information provider to the American people about how the war was going. The difference between OWI and Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda is merely one of degree, as I see it.
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  2. Just for clarification, you can't take snopes seriously in many regards. The couple (now divorced) that used to run it were ardent liberals with an agenda. One of their assistants openly admitted to being biased, and the husband left the wife for an assistant who'd been an escort/porn star. Some of their articles are written in a fashion as to be purposefully confusing or misleading, such as the one concerning pepsico using fetal tissue as a flavoring agent (which in the original article they posted said it was fake, yet the story once read showed it was legit, and the company responsible for making said flavorings took pepsico, kraft, nestle and other companies off of their website listing as clients. There was a big to-do about it, and snopes was trying to make it look innocuous to the outside observer. A good case of trying to normalize disgusting behavior). The formerly married couple running the site have no more credentials to run the operation than I do to be a cosmonaut. Even if they try to use the claim of 'citizen journalist', everything they did was from their computer. They never hit the streets and were lazy about their research.

    In my college english courses and my journalist career, I was forbidden from referencing snopes as an online source due to their nature.

    I apologize about hijacking the thread. Just wanted people to know to be wary of snopes.

  3. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    The thing that makes Snopes so popular is it is easy tk get the "info".
    But, what they do is nothing more than anyone can do, check news sources local to the item in question, check newspapers current at the time, check other online sources, or contact anyone actually involved. But who wants to go to all that trouble?
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  4. That's why its so easy to mislead the public.

    I had a very liberal english teacher in one of my classes. I always drove her nuts because I cited everything I put in my writing. She didn't like that, lol.
  5. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Thanks Cyrano! That is a great find, I never heard of the Rumor Clinic We could use a remake of the clinic as long as it would be truthful and not one sided.
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  6. Cyrano

    Cyrano Resident Curmudgeon Forum Contributor

    New York
    My point was that the Rumor Clinics existed to debunk false news, just as Snopes allegedly does (even when it doesn't). We need a reliable debunker of Democratic Partei propaganda accepted as gospel truth by the kool-aid drinkers and the sheeple.
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  7. Won't happen.

    I've known a particular politically active person in Austin TX since he was in college back in '08. He's openly and willfully 'ignorant' of truth as it throws off his cognitive dissonance. Him and his friends admit what they do and what they push is wrong, yet as it serves their goal, they don't care. Very much Saul Alinsky-ites per 'Rules for Radicals'.

    Don't mean to be a downer. Just my experience repeatedly with those types.
  8. TXplt

    TXplt Gun Toting Boeing Driver Forum Contributor

    That's why truth is an important thing. While you might not be able to disclose ALL the facts, you need to disclose enough (at least in peacetime) to form a credible basis for the happenings.

    Your imagination can make up things far more extreme than the truth about just about everything.

    A vacuum fills with something. Whether it's something good or toxic gas. Better to tell the truth and be straightforward. This seems to be a rare commodity these days.
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