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Bitter divorce fuels Snopesí slow demise
NY Post ^ | July 25, 2017 | Keith J. Kelly

Posted on 07/25/2017 11:01:50 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom

The bitter 2015 divorce of David and Barbara Mikkelson is the fuel that ignited the battle for the popular fact-checking Web site, Snopes, which is now resorting to a GoFundMe drive to keep it afloat.

The showdown takes on added gravity because the popular site, owned by Baday, is one of the outlets that Facebook turns to for verification of stories when it receives complaints of fake news.

Fans of Snopes have been responding in droves since Monday, when the company said that Proper Media — both tech partner and part-owner after buying Barbara’s shares in 2016 — has been withholding ad revenue.

David Mikkelson said the company was in danger of running out of money and asked for readers to help it raise $500,000.

By 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the GoFundMe site had already raised more than $530,000.

Proper Media, meanwhile, claims in a San Diego state court lawsuit that David Mikkelson is spending money wildly and should be removed as a director and officer.

“Mikkelson has for years been looting Bardav, to the detriment of its shareholders, first his ex-wife Barbara and now Proper Media,” the suit claims.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clintonapologists; factcheck; fakenews; internet; msm; snopes
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I used to like Snopes when USENET was the main media and alt.folklore.urban was an entertaining place to read about different urban legends and old wive's tales. That was before it got political. Now I hope it collapses and gets replaced by something more balanced.
1 posted on 07/25/2017 11:01:50 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

For the first decade, it was a fairly non-political type site and had some value. I think around 2004...it started to dissolve into some chaotic platform with an agenda.

Same with National Geographic and Readers Digest.


2 posted on 07/25/2017 11:14:28 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Facebook uses this fraud to verify the veracity of their thread wandering trolls? Facebook policy of not indentifying harrassing trolls vs genuine thread makers aside, it explains a lot of their stupid choices

Do not rely on Facebook to feel acceptable in society... oh lord, many do unfortunately


3 posted on 07/25/2017 11:17:26 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucifiedc)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Hey, that’s another half million down the drain for progressives.


4 posted on 07/25/2017 11:29:33 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

David and Barbara Mikkelson . . .

. . . "Gee! Something stinks!"

Maybe it's David:

David and Barbara Mikkelson founded Snopes' in 1995. They divorced in 2015, and now Barbara Mikkelson claims that David embezzled $98,000 from Snopes' bank account to spend on prostitutes and himself, according to the Daily Mail.

David has since remarried, to Elyssa Young, who has also been known as Eryn O’Bryn, a professional escort and porn actress.

David Mikkelson with new wife Elyssa Young. This proves that Snopes lacks credibility and should not be fact checker for anything let alone Facebook.

5 posted on 07/25/2017 11:46:25 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The Left has a mental illness: A totalitarian psyche.)
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To: pepsionice
For the first decade, it was a fairly non-political type site and had some value.
I think around 2004...it started to dissolve into some chaotic platform with
an agenda. Same with National Geographic and Readers Digest.

And "Scientific American"

6 posted on 07/25/2017 11:51:41 PM PDT by StACase (CO2 is NOT a Problem)
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To: JudgemAll

Facebook collects and sells more INFO about everyone who uses the site then any other. It is a total scam to find out everything about it’s users and sell that INFO.


7 posted on 07/26/2017 12:12:20 AM PDT by Lumper20
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
Ah yes, how many hours I wasted back then on usenet, arguing politics & religion. As well as arguing the merits of text editors & OS's (but I repeat myself).

I used to use the unix "news" program from a command line in the early 80s, and then "tin" replaced it some time in the early 90s with a superior hierarchic UI. Of course, its market share of internet social networking declined once "MOSAIC" and its companion NCSA server came out.

Web search engines like yahoo & altavista were so much faster at finding things then the old usenet way of "go subscribe to these dozen newsgroups, find the official FAQ for each one, and grep through them all for what you want".

Back then we all had email addresses that gave the pathway from your nearest server to ihnp4 (Bell's best-known email backbone node = "Indian Hills Network Processor 4"). So the email looked something like: hpcnd!hpccc!hplabs!ihnp4!.......

8 posted on 07/26/2017 12:16:54 AM PDT by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC ("Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt" - Pr. Herbert Hoover)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Is this true? I’ll have to find some place to find out.


9 posted on 07/26/2017 12:21:59 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Everywhere is freaks and hairies Dykes and fairies Tell me where is sanity?)
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To: StACase

And even Popular Science. I stopped subscribing to them when they worshipped the Obamassiah on one cover, soon after a laudatory writeup on Michael “Hockey Stick Boy” Mann, and how his life was in danger from violent Climate Change Unbelievers.


10 posted on 07/26/2017 12:23:52 AM PDT by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC ("Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt" - Pr. Herbert Hoover)
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To: jonrick46

For 98 large he coulda done better than that.


11 posted on 07/26/2017 12:24:23 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Everywhere is freaks and hairies Dykes and fairies Tell me where is sanity?)
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To: jonrick46

Aren’t porn actresses supposed to be pretty, at least in a trashy sort of way?

I’m no great catch but I could do better than that and I haven’t got his money.


12 posted on 07/26/2017 12:31:57 AM PDT by Nicholas Sharpe (An old Sea Dog)
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To: CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC

Bang Bang Bang


13 posted on 07/26/2017 12:38:43 AM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: Nicholas Sharpe

If you look for images of Elyssa Young A.K.A. Eryn O’Bryn, you will find some that look pretty good. The one I posted with David Mikkelson shows how beauty is transitory and Elyssa reveals to what extent it can go. Life is short.


14 posted on 07/26/2017 1:06:36 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The Left has a mental illness: A totalitarian psyche.)
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To: SkyPilot

ping


15 posted on 07/26/2017 1:24:19 AM PDT by SaveFerris (Luke 21:36 KJV Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all...)
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To: jonrick46

Maybe he just wanted to fact-check if she had been a prostitute. /SnopesLiberalsObamaTools


16 posted on 07/26/2017 1:27:19 AM PDT by SaveFerris (Luke 21:36 KJV Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all...)
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To: jonrick46

I looked. she’s a pig. Maybe if one went back to 1992 . . .?


17 posted on 07/26/2017 1:43:15 AM PDT by anton
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To: pepsionice

NatGeo had devolved by at least the mid- to late- 1990s, when I kicked them to the curb.


18 posted on 07/26/2017 2:25:08 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Angels never know it’s time
to close the book and gracefully decline,
the song has found a tale.
My what a jealous pool is she.

The face in the water looks up
and shakes her head as if to say
that it’s the last time you’ll look like today.


19 posted on 07/26/2017 2:36:44 AM PDT by Samurai_Jack (War is cruelty, there is no use trying to reform it; the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Snopes is as pro-Muslim as islamicity.com. Hope they both fold. Death to jihad!


20 posted on 07/26/2017 3:01:29 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam. Buy ammo.")
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