Who Watches the Watchers? Snopes Caught Approving Wildly Misleading Anti-GOP Meme

Elder Patriot – Quis custodiet ipros custodes?  The literal translation is who will watch the watchmen?  The question dates back nearly two thousand years to the Roman poet Juvenal but, in the age of algorithms, filtered news, and big brother, it is as important a question to ponder as it ever has been.

In a democracy, the watchers are supposed to be the people, aided by a press not beholden to any political party.  Only a person intent on being deceived in the hopes of short-term comfort can any longer ignore the role the mercenary propagandists of the press has taken on in defense of global tyranny.

The Nazis brainwashed an entire country into believing they were a force for good simply by controlling the press:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister

Control of the print, and later the broadcast, media was relatively easy due to the finite number of nodes disseminating the “state’s” messaging of the news.

The state’s control of that messaging allowed literally billions of dollars to be spent each electoral cycle on political messaging to convince us to vote against our personal best interests.

Coupled with a two-party system that limited our choices within finite parameters we, the stakeholders in this great country, watched as our personal interests were decimated by the con artists who appointed themselves our betters.

Open borders, too big to fail, corporate welfare, endless wars, confiscatory taxes, the exfiltration of wealth, sending our jobs to foreign countries (some that are hostile to the national interests of the U.S.), selling Uranium to Russia, allowing those hostile nations to steal our intellectual property and military secrets (selling it to them in some cases)…

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

The multi-billion dollar disinformation campaign was challenged by the advent of the internet and the rise of an army of citizen-journalists who restored at least a small degree of debate to the public discourse.

Control of the press was no longer absolute and then along came Donald Trump.

Statists realized they needed new layers of information control to successfully control the public consciousness.

First came the algorithms that social media platforms employed to limit the number of people that would be exposed the “revolutionary” writings of these newly minted journalists.

It soon became apparent that wasn’t enough to turn back the Great Awakening that had begun taking place.

The new nationalist movement had taken hold and the weapon they developed to fight the censors were memes.  Algorithms were useless against pictures.

As Goebbels told an earlier generation, American statists knew they had to discredit these new journalists, entirely.  Enter the fact checkers – Snopes, Fact Check, Politifact, and Media Matters.

Simply by declaring these far-left “fact-checkers” as independent verification services, social media platforms, with a blind eye from a compliant congress, could circumvent Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act that places significant responsibilities on content providers that doesn’t accrue to neutral public forums that are granted immunity from such responsibility.

Here’s an example of these “fact-checkers” work:

Below is a picture of Debra Katz, Christine Ford’s attorney and far-left activist:

Snopes doesn’t question the authenticity of the first photo:

Snopes claims the person following behind HRC is HRC staffer Barbara Kinney (photo on left below). Via email, Kinney told Snopes that she was the woman in the photo:

You are no longer to believe what your eyes tell you.  Those who watch the watchers will tell you what you’ve seen.

But Snopes doesn’t just discredit conservative journalists who threaten the official narrative, they also prop up false narratives from progressives even when the underlying fact are provably wrong.

Here’s the meme that LiAr circulated and that Snopes fact-checker Bethania Palma, a former writer for liberal website Raw Story, fact-checked and claimed it was accurate.

Politico reporter Jake Sherman determined that the meme “is actually more incorrect than correct.”

The Daily Caller analyzed the photo and found:

“In the meme, red ‘X’ marks were drawn through the faces of 33 lawmakers who purportedly were rejected by voters in the 6 November 2018 midterm elections,” Palma wrote.

Both that claim and Palma’s summary of it were inaccurate.

Not everyone in the photo with an “X” over their face was a lawmaker — a fact left out of Palma’s fact-check. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, for example, had an “X” over her face even though she’s not an elected official.

Moreover, many of the lawmakers who did have an “X” over their face won re-election.

You can read the entire article, including Snopes co-founder David Mikkelson’s inane defense, here.