Isn’t Snopes part of Annenberg too?
I always thought so, but I did some digging and was unable to come up with a connection. It appears they are independent.
Which is not to say they don't have their biases. They just aren't a bought-and-paid-for part of the network.
Snopes is not a huge research organization with hundreds of employees checking facts and cross checking each others findings to come to a consenus as to whether something is an "internet rumor" or not. Snopes is a website run out of the home of 2 leftists. The husband does the web design. The wife is the "investigator". She alone decides what is rumor or not. Here is an article about Snopes: