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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-25-06 06:06 AM
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25. Snopes changed it back to well before their apology to Michael Moore.
Edited on Fri Aug-25-06 06:52 AM by w4rma
September 07, 2003

Last word

Snopes has updated that 9/11 page again, and this time they've included an apology to Michael Moore. It took a little prodding, but they did the right thing, and as far as I'm concerned, the matter is finished.

Afterthought: unless they pull something like this again, of course.
posted by Tom Tomorrow at 09:54 AM
http://www.thismodernworld.com/weblog/mtarchives/week_2...

Snopes does the mea culpa

Local blog Shock and Awe recently took a fair shot at Snopes.com (the Urban Legends Reference Pages, also SoCal based) for a screed against Michael Moore over his remarks about the secret flights of bin Laden family members after 9/11. Now Snopes' Barbara Mikkelson has apologized publicly on her site.

There's no good excuse for my having gotten vitriolic about Michael Moore as I attempted to address the substance of what he said. I regret having done that because it's just flat-out the wrong thing to do under any circumstance. Michael, if you're out there, please know that I am sorry for having said hurtful things. The world is full enough already with pain and miserableness for me to want to add to it or to want to direct any of it your way.

Good for her. I find Snopes.com generally a bit quick to debunk based on non-definitive info, but think they do good work. Back when it was the San Fernando Valley Folklore Society, the site ran some erroneous debunks of local history legends, but as I recall they graciously fixed them. Update: The commenters at Shock and Awe find Snopes quite pro-Bush.

Updated 5:50 p.m.
http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2003/09/snopes_does_t...

Here is what the page looked like before their mea culpa to Michael Moore:
http://agonist.org/annex/snopes2

Much more information:
http://www.agonist.org/archives/007922.html#007922

I suggest that folks tell Snopes on their message board to put the old information back up from when they had this listed as "true" and they had apologized to Michael Moore about it.
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