On Thursday the FBI released a statement suggesting right wing conspiracy theorists are elevating as a national threat, and deep in their document, they quoted the far-left, often wrong Snopes as a source for the agency’s information.
According to Yahoo! News, the FBI considers right wing conspiracies a grave national security threat, with “QAnon” theories listed prominently. In its new statement, the agency loses all credibility by considering Snopes a viable source of information.
The FBI intelligence bulletin from the bureau’s Phoenix field office, dated May 30, 2019, describes “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists,” as a growing threat, and notes that it is the first such report to do so. It lists a number of arrests, including some that haven’t been publicized, related to violent incidents motivated by fringe beliefs.
The document specifically mentions QAnon, a shadowy network that believes in a deep state conspiracy against President Trump, and Pizzagate, the theory that a pedophile ring including Clinton associates was being run out of the basement of a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant (which didn’t actually have a basement).
Twitter user Jordan Sather points out the excerpt noting that Snopes is a quality source of information, writing “they cited Snopes as a source and called them the ‘oldest and largest fact checking cite [sic] on the internet’.”
“Is this real life?” Wondered Sather.
In this "FBI Intel Bulletin" that Yahoo News posted this morning, they cited Snopes as a source and called them the "oldest and largest fact checking cite on the internet".
FBI doc citing Snopes. MSM citing FBI doc.
Is this real life? 🤣 Is this document even real? pic.twitter.com/H5dkLldIFd
— Jordan Sather (@Jordan_Sather_) August 1, 2019
Sather posted screen shots from the FBI document, which reads “Snopes is the oldest and largest fact-checking site on the Internet”, something they wrote twice under two separate citations.
This would be well and good, except Snopes has been repeatedly demonstrated to get the facts wrong. Some also argue it has been weaponized as a tool against conservative satire, frequently fact checking obvious satire websites The Babylon Bee and NPC Daily.
Big League Politics most recently reported on Snopes fact checking NPC Daily earlier this year:
NPC Daily, a viral new right wing satire website using the popular non-player character meme, recently published an article titled “Disney announces that Woody will be ‘openly bisexual’ in Toy Story 4”, which prompted Snopes to inform readers that the children’s movie character will not, in fact, discuss his sexuality on the big screen.
Snopes referenced a clearly fake tweet used in the NPC Daily article by Disney, and wrote that “This report was not a genuine news account, nor was such a tweet issued by Disney.”
Apparently unable to determine the difference between “satire” and “fake news”, Snopes condemned the article as “fake” in its article. In fact, Snopes only begrudgingly admits the article is satirical in nature twice, first in the subheading of its article, and again at the tail end.
Beginning last year, Big League Politics revealed that Snopes fact checked The Babylon Bee, a self described Christian satire website:
Perhaps their most ridiculous fact check was on an article where Babylon Bee claimed that CNN purchased an “industrial sized washing machine” so they could spin news. Most people would find the article hilarious, despite being fake, but Snopes instead found it important to make it known that the claim was false.
Snopes also fact checked an article where Babylon Bee claimed that Planned Parenthood defended Bill Cosby, because “sexual assault is only 3% of what he does.” The satirical article was obviously poking fun at Planned Parenthood, who claims that abortion is only 3% of what they do.
To say the least, it is less than comforting to know that the FBI is taking the word of obvious leftists with a clear agenda against conservative “conspiracy theory” groups in the United States.
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Prosecutors Move to Drop Charges Against Russians Charged By Robert Mueller
A nothingburger all along.
Federal prosecutors have given a tacit admission of the pointlessness of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian conspiracy probe one year after its conclusion, dropping charges against the Russian nationals accused of orchestrating an “election interference” operation in the United States during the 2016 election.
Court documents revealed that the prosecutors are dropping charges on Monday.
BREAKING: Prosecutors move to drop the case against the Russians charged by Mueller. pic.twitter.com/yfm6XmzYya
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) March 16, 2020
Concord Management is a Russian company accused of being the parent of the Internet Research Agency, another Russian entity that Mueller accused of running troll farms that post memes and comment online about the 2016 election. 12 employees of Concord Management were charged by Mueller for the supposed operation.
The individuals in question weren’t American residents, and only some of them were present in the country for a period.
The prosecutors overseeing the case against the Russians admitted that there was no chance the individuals, who live across the world, would be meaningfully punished for their supposed election interference operations.
The men were said to be agents of the Russian state intelligence agency known as the GRU. Mueller claimed that they were responsible for the infamous hack of the DNC’s email servers during the 2016 Democratic convention.
“Concord, a Russian company with no presence in the United States and no exposure to meaningful punishment in the event of a conviction, promotes neither the interests of justice or the nation’s security… The better course is to cease litigation as to the Concord defendants.”
It was quite obvious since the beginning that wire fraud charges against Russian residents with no presence in the United States was going to be a fruitless endeavor, but the Deep State’s man intended to deliver a gesture for the bureaucratic entity, regardless of the substance behind it.
Already largely forgotten, the Mueller probe appears set to enter the memory hole as little more than a pointless hoax in light of the dismissed charges against supposed “election interference” perpetrators.
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