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Snopes Reveals Rep. Michele Bachmann to Be Urban Legend

Ian Squires | Posted 07.01.2014 | Comedy
Ian Squires

While many of us assumed and understood this fabricated Minnesota politician to be a joke, it seems large swathes of the population truly believed "Michele Bachmann" to be a bona fide person.

What Can You Believe About 'Obamacare'?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

A small part of the American public still believes some astonishing lies about this law, and new lies are surfacing every day. Let me evaluate some of these myths.

Seniors Are Asking... What's Next for Medicare?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Now that the Supreme Court has declared the Affordable Care Act to be constitutional, what is the impact going to be on Medicare? The short answer? Not much.

I Have Figured Out the Tea Party

Jamie Frevele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jamie Frevele

The teabaggers are the political equivalent of Justin Bieber. Teabaggers, however, have taken it a step further and through viral campaigns have successful spread their message like herpes.

Anger and Outrage -- America's Fastest Growing Religion

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

As long as a growing group of people continues to believe that our national sickness is all about dark-skinned people and evil politicians, our problems will only get worse.

Your Health Insurance Will Not Be Taxed Next Year

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

There is an email making the rounds claiming that the new health reform law requires you to pay taxes on your employer-sponsored health insurance. It's not true. Politifact rates this email "pants on fire" and Snopes calls it "false."

Jason Linkins

Obama Rumors: Presidency Spurs Renaissance

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Early on, Obama's campaign team sought to address a swamp of fiction by going pro-active, launching a website called "Fight The Smears." These efforts were basically redundant to the good works of Snopes.com.

Troll Patrol - 5 Things You Can Do

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Trolling is a growing problem online and especially in social media spaces. It clogs up our email boxes, confuses the follower/following counts and throws monkey wrenches into people actively building engaged online communities. I have created my own types based on behavior I have seen.

Feeding the Beast--Our Addiction to Anger and Fear

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Larry Gellman

If you ask most people what they want the most for themselves the vast majority would say "happiness." So why do so many people spend every moment watching and reading things that are designed to make us angry or afraid?

In Praise of Silence

Ann Medlock | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ann Medlock

I'm taking a stand for fewer communications, for timeout for reflection and maybe even a little research before we all hit the Post/Send/Publish buttons. The result could well be more signal and less noise.

Tripping Up the Know-It-None: Five Places on the Web to Find the Truth

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marc Hershon

Five online sources you can depend on to give you the straight scoop, which you can then use to straighten out your local Know-It-None.

Ending the Email Lies: Forward This

Meathead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Meathead

As new age media, we have a responsibility to accuracy, just like professional reporters. This means anything sent to you that says "forward this" should never be forwarded. It is spam.

"Books Banned by Sarah Palin" Email Is Urban Legend

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Palin may not be a "bookburner," but she sure has a history of burning the people who give her political opportunities.