A knowledgeable person never forwards one of those emails without checking Snopes.com first to see if it's actually true. Really, I don't know what we'd do without Snopes.
So I was disappointed to find that, well, maybe they're not perfect. (I can't say they were completely wrong in this, just misleading.)
The latest is, as usual, from an email going around. "Is it true that Congress tried to add Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day prayer to the World War II Memorial but President Obama killed the plan?"
Snopes rates this as true,... but if you read further down the page, you find out that it's actually false. Admittedly, it's a lot closer to being true than most of the emails being passed around about Barack Obama. But that's not saying much, is it?
So, did Congress try to add Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day prayer to the World War II Memorial? No, not exactly. One Congressman did introduce such a bill, and it got through committee in November, but that's all. "Congress" hasn't even voted on it yet.
Did Barack Obama "kill" it? No. As Snopes says, the bill hasn't been passed by Congress, so it hasn't been sent to the President for his signature. And as far as I can tell, President Obama has never said a word about it.
True, Robert Abbey, director of the Bureau of Land Management, testified that his department couldn't support the bill:
The Department cannot support H.R. 2070, which essentially proposes adding another commemorative work to the existing World
War IIMemorial and as such is contrary to the Commemorative Works Act. We support the continued application of this law which, by prohibiting encroachment by a new commemoration on an existing one, respects the design of this completed work of civic art without alteration or addition of new elements.
Abbey was simply explaining that the bill conflicted with an existing law, the Commemorative Works Act. Whatever you think about that, this is hardly Barack Obama "killing" the bill. Indeed, Abbey was testifying in front of a sub-committee of the committee that later passed the bill to the full House. He clearly didn't kill it, either.
So in both respects, it seems to me, that original question is false. How can it possibly be rated "true"? If you read the whole page there, you'll learn the truth, but how many people do that? How many just check Snopes.com for a quick true-or-false answer, not really bothering with the details?
I have to wonder if Snopes is just trying to appease the right-wing, which regularly accuses them of a liberal bias. Well, conservatives claim that about PolitiFact.com, and other independent fact-checking groups, too. And they claim that about scientists. And the media. Let's face it, they make that same claim about everyone who finds that the truth isn't actually what right-wing fanatics claim it is.
This is a minor issue. Snopes.com is still a very useful, very valuable website. And they did explain the full truth, if you read further down the page. But it does show that you have to make an effort, if you really do care about the truth. Even Snopes can be misleading (PolitiFact, too). Stay on your toes. :)