The liberal fact-checking site, Snopes.com has become an afternoon soap opera. There is a battle for ownership, caused by a messy divorce between the formerly married couple who founded Snopes. One of the site’s founders has been accused of using company money to pay for the divorce, hookers, fancy trips and to make his new wife (an ex-escort) happy.
When it was first launched in 1994 Snopes was the go-to site for debunking urban legends such as the non-existent alligators living in the NYC sewer system, eventually, it grew to include internet hoaxes. Most recently Snopes has joined the liberal war on information, where “facts” coming from liberals are automatically true, and facts from conservatives are always questioned. The site is one of Facebook’s fact-checking partners in its attempt at addressing the spread of conservatism.
The site’s founders, former husband and wife David and Barbara Mikkelson, have been embroiled in a lengthy and bitter legal dispute in the wake of their divorce. As they started the company together each owned 50%. But Barbara sold her 50% to Proper Media a vendor responsible for hosting the site and selling the advertising. The five principals of Proper Media split their 50% each getting a different stake but (according to Proper Media) vote as one.
During divorce proceedings, Barbara Mikkelson accused her ex of embezzling nearly $100,000 in company funds to spend on personal expenses and prostitutes. He is also accused of spending ‘tens of thousands of dollars’ on personal trips, including a honeymoon with his new wife (who used to be an escort in Las Vegas) to Tokyo Disneyland. Additionally, she requested that the court strict Mikkelson’s bank access, claiming his wild spending was going to deplete the company’s accounts.
All was good until the spring of 2017 when David fired Proper Media. As supposedly 50% owners they were not happy, so they fired David Mikkelson. But Mikkelson hired one of the “stockholders” away from Proper and contends he has a controlling share, but Proper contends they still get to vote as one. now there is an ugly legal battle that’s even more complicated than the above.
So now there is a real ugly legal battle and Snopes isn’t getting the ad revenue it needs to continue…