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“Fact Checkers” Meddle in Election to Smear Breitbart, Protect Abrams

If this isn’t some sort of hoax or accidental, drunken email, the folks over at Snopes have a whole lot of explaining to do.

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There is a funny thing happening all over the internet these days, as “fact checking” has turned from a benevolent necessity into a competitive industry.

All across the world wide web there are crooks and scammers.  This isn’t any different from the regular world at large, which also tends to be chock-full of ne’er do wells, but the ways in which these conmen and conwomen operate is on a whole other level of malfeasance.  From Russian Twitter bot armies to your everyday “cat fishing” scheme, the internet itself can be a scary and dangerous place.

That’s why it was alarming for many proponents of free speech when Snopes.com was imbued with some sort of “authority” as to what the truth is.  Given the controversial appointment, a number of smaller companies jumped on the bandwagon, including a number of entities who have been undeniably discriminatory toward American conservatives in their “work”.

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The danger lies in giving anyone the authority to rule over the concept of truth, let alone an organization that rose to prominence debunking internet urban legends.

Today’s news does not bode well for the already controversial Snopes.

The so-called “fact checkers” at Snopes have reached out to Breitbart News in an openly partisan attempt to wash away the story of armed members of the New Black Panther Party campaigning for the Democrat gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, Stacey Abrams.

Over the weekend, Breitbart News–among other media outlets–published explosive photographs of armed Black Panthers campaigning for Abrams, holding up her campaign sign while also holding up various guns. In the story, Breitbart News included a quote from the campaign of her GOP opponent, Brian Kemp, calling on her to denounce the radicals campaigning for her.

On Monday, a self-identified “reporter” for Snopes, Bethania Palma, reached out to Breitbart News with a series of questions about the Black Panther report. None of the questions implies anything was inaccurate about the report.

Now, for a peek behind the curtain:

Here is her email to Breitbart News:

I’m a reporter from the fact checking organization Snopes.com. I had a couple of questions about this story:
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/11/04/armed-black-panthers-lobby-for-democrat-gubernatorial-candidate-stacey-abrams/
The story says Breitbart “obtained” images of the Black Panthers. Where did Breitbart obtain the images from?
– Why does Breitbart quote the Kemp campaign with no obvious effort to get comment from the Abrams campaign?
– Why did Breitbart use the term “lobby” in the headline?
– Breitbart normally takes a pro-gun stance. Does Breitbart maintain that stance when the gun owners are black?
– Did anyone at Breitbart make an effort to contact the New Black Panther Party for comment?

Who exactly is this reporter? Who is Bethania Palma?

Just a quick glance at Palma’s Twitter account or at her history of writing for radical leftist outlet Alternet shows a hard leftist mentality, one quick to accuse Trump of being “racist” (the latest is a series of tweets attacking the president’s campaign ad on the migrant caravan as such) or linking Trump to the Ku Klux Klan any way she can–a history dating back years, as Breitbart News has reported about Palma before.

Why on earth is a Snopes-employed liberal assuming that Breitbart would have a problem with black gun owners?  Is this sort of overt race baiting the new norm in leftist circles?

Assuming Palma’s email to Breitbart isn’t a hoax or derived from a dose of liquid courage, there is significant reason to be morally outraged at such blatant discrimination.

 

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