Reinette Senum filed this report on her Facebook page:
“Regarding the Snopes.com and NC Scooper “Conversation” last night at Sierra College in Grass Valley. I attempted to sit through it. Walked out. What a joke.
“It began with Randal ‘Fink’ Finkelstein, editor of NC Scooper, who was supposed to be present on stage for the ‘conversation’ in person, but instead was on a computer screen in the form of a fish, facing the audience, attempting to speak in a modified voice so as not to give himself away to the audience.
“Well, that failed…. Fink had to stop hiding behind the voice modifying software on his computer and use his real voice. I’m sure some people in the audience recognized it.
“This is where it gets really good: The opening statements by the ‘respected’ Brooke Binkowski, Managing Editor of Snopes.com (the go-to Fact-verifying website), completely verified she doesn’t even know her own Snopes-verified-facts: I kid you not, Binkowski began gushing over NC Scooper IMMEDIATELY, going on and on about how wonderful they are and how THEY are NOT fake news. Oh no no! THEY are satirical. She then continued on about how her editor even gets all excited when he sees a new NC Scooper piece…. And did I already mention she said NC Scooper is SOOOOO satirical and so NOT fake?
“This is an amazing statement coming from the Managing EDITOR of Snopes considering Snopes officially claimed NC Scooper as one of the top 20 FAKE websites in 2016.
“You can read it here:
‘“Snopes’ Field Guide to Fake News Sites and Hoax Purveyors
Snopes.com‘s updated guide to the internet’s clickbaiting, news-faking, social media exploiting dark side.
“NC Scooper (or Nevada County Scooper) was one of the few ostensibly humor-based fake news sites whose items floated around social media. Most articles published by NC Scooper were clearly satirical in nature and not intended to deceive readers by spreading false information; nevertheless, a few efforts genuinely confused social media users. Among NC Scooper‘s crossover bits were pieces claiming official ‘gun confiscation units’ were taking people’s weapons, that Merle Haggard left his estate to an LBGT group, that Meg White of the White Stripes was joining Rush, and that Sen. Bernie Sanders called for ‘chemtrail reform.’
“There were no hard questions asked by the mediator last night. The questions seemed designed to do nothing more than legitimize NC Scooper with Snopes ‘blessing’ of NOT being fake, but ‘satirical.’ Fink actually compared himself and his cowardly writers that hide behind their pseudonyms as being like Mark Twain or the women authors of the turn of the century that had to hide their real names in order to avoid persecution. Fink even said, ‘we could not write what we write using our real names.’ Duh! Exactly… that’s the point. You would never write what you write if you had to attach your name to your words. Don’t you people get it?”
Fink did not appear for this “conversation,” but Reinette provided an audio clip: