I mention FactCheck and Snopes as two examples of the many enterprises on the Internet that subject every government utterance to scrutiny in something approximating real time.
Snopes Urban Legends: Snopes aims to debunk all types of stories and urban legends.
Many people check the large database on the Snopes site when they hear stories in order to separate fact from fiction.
Daily Snopes provides a daily email list of stories circulating on the Internet and the message board allows individuals to post whatever rumor they heard to check with the community on its veracity.
Truth or Fiction: Truth or Fiction is a website like Snopes that aims to help debunk urban legends.
The website Snopes is renowned for its ability to pick through urban legends and separate the real from the absurd.
Snopes Dupes TV show: A television show was the victim of research practices when it used a Snopes's bogus legend about Blackbeard's nursery rhyme.
Snopes staffers noticed that the show featured very obscure urban legends that were mostly only found on the Snopes website.
To test their suspicions that the show wasn't verifying Snopes's information with other sources, the staffers made up a very impossible "True" legend.
The urban legend Snopes created claimed that the famous pirate Blackbeard created the nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence" as a coded pirate recruitment song.
When the show aired using the made-up legend, Snopes staffers were amazed.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie: According to Snopes the movie is largely based on the story of mass murderer Ed Gein.
The Internet can provide a valuable resource, since many urban legends are dissected by Snopes and other websites soon after making the rounds in chain emails and college dorms.
However, Snopes declared this rumor false.
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