We use Snopes as ONE of the ways to vet contributors emails submissions. Other excellent sources are FactCheck (our favorite) and TruthorFiction. Politicians and the bored love to play on the instant news cycle and the gullibility of people who have passionate political views but not necessarily the time check things out thoroughly. One of the things we DO ensure. When we slip, our contributors and readers set us straight and we make the corrections necessary.
Some fun, look at the Snopes top 25 urban legends and count how many have been forwarded to you in your email. Keep in mind though, vet with multiple sources. Any single point like snopes can get something wrong.
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