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  • Macaulay Culkin is NOT dead: Rumors about the former child star revealed to be false

    11/08/2014 6:42:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/8/2014 | By CHRIS SPARGO
    * A site reported on Saturday that Macauly Culkin had been found dead in his apartment on Friday * The story soon picked up steam on social media, especially Twitter * In the end it turned out to be yet another hoax, and the 34-year-old is not dead A story that child star Macauly Culkin had been found dead has proven to be false. Just seven months after a similar rumor found its way on the Internet, some outlets reported that the body of the Home Alone star was discovered in his New York City Apartment on Friday. The story...
  • Emergent (trending rumors evaluation site)

    10/14/2014 6:54:13 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 8 replies
    Emergent is a website which tracks emerging rumors, aggregates them, and evaluates their accuracy. Looks interesting.
  • Rumors of North Korean Coup Persist

    10/04/2014 5:06:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/10/14 | Gil Ronen
    Rumors of a military coup in North Korea persist as leader Kim Jong-un's prolonged absence from public view continues. Kim has not been seen in public for a month, leading to rumors that a military coup has broken out in North Korea and Kim has been arrested. Other rumors have it that Kim has gout or has suffered a sort of stroke just as his late father, Kim Jong-il, did in 2008. The US is aware of the reports. "I can just say that I have no confirmation of the reports. We've seen them, but we don't have any confirmation,"...
  • Rumours of marriage problems threaten to overshadow Michelle Obama's 50th birthday

    01/12/2014 4:10:18 PM PST · by garjog · 79 replies
    The Australian Times ^ | January 12, 2014 | TONY ALLEN-MILLS
    The Enquirer has earned a measure of respectability in Washington with its reporting of political scandals - most notably its exposure of the double life of John Edwards, a former senator and once a Democratic presidential contender. Yet its so-called bombshell Obama report was based on nothing more substantial than the vague allegations of an unnamed "Oval Office insider" who claimed the first couple "are now sleeping in separate White House bedrooms" - tame stuff compared with the adventures of the president's French counterpart Francois Hollande.
  • WashPost Continues to Downplay Atrocious Delay in Investigation of Benghazi Consulate Attack

    10/03/2012 5:45:42 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 5 replies
    On Tuesday, three weeks after the deadly terrorist strike on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, two House Republicans sent a letter to Obama Secretary of State Hillary Clinton detailing "incidents dating to April" that evidence "a pattern of threats" against the late Amb. Chris Stevens, many of them "new revelations" such as the fact that "Libyans working as private security guards at the U.S. compound were warned by family members in the weeks before the assault to quite their jobs because of rumors of an impending attack." Yet Post editors placed the story on the matter, headlined "Probe in Libya...
  • Morgan Freeman is alive, no matter what Facebook says (death hoaxes)

    09/12/2012 7:31:54 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 14 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 9/10/12 | Tim Kennealy
    LOS ANGELES ( - Breathe easy, Morgan Freeman fans - the internet has once again failed to kill off the "Shawshank Redemption" star, despite its best efforts. Freeman was once again the victim of an online death hoax this week, after a Facebook page announcing the 75-year-old actor's demise amassed more than 842,000 "likes." "At about 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, our beloved actor Morgan Freeman passed away due to a artery rupture," the page reads. "Morgan was born on June 1, 1937. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and...
  • Rooting out Rumors, Epidemics and Crime with Math

    08/18/2012 2:45:24 PM PDT · by null and void · 6 replies
    A team of scientists has developed an algorithm that can identify the source of an epidemic or information circulating within a network, a method that also could be used to help with criminal investigations. Investigators are well aware of how difficult it is to trace an unlawful act to its source. The job was arguably easier with old, Mafia-style criminal organizations, as their hierarchical structures more or less resembled predictable family trees. In the Internet age, however, the networks used by organized criminals have changed. Innumerable nodes and connections escalate the complexity of these networks, making it ever more...
  • Is there any truth?

    07/23/2012 1:19:22 PM PDT · by budj · 8 replies
    None, of course | 7/23/12 | me
    Is it true that George Stephanupalgus has reported that the CO mass murderer bought his weapons directly from Eric Holder, or did he have to go to Mexico to get them second hand?
  • Bachmann Calls ‘Rumors of War III’ Documentary Frighteningly Accurate, ‘Absolutely Profound’

    Congresswoman Michele Bachmann joined Glenn Beck on Thursday to share her impressions of GBTV’s groundbreaking documentary, “Rumors of War III,” which exposes how the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating the upper echelons of America’s government. Bachmann, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, confirmed that “every single word was accurate” and “absolutely profound.” “It was spellbinding.” (Related: Want to Know Just how Close the Muslim Brotherhood Is to the Obama Admin?) While the findings of the documentary will shake many citizens’ faith in government, the former GOP presidential candidate asked listeners not to lose heart and promised that there are members...
  • In Defense of David Sarti, the Doomsday Prepper Who Was Declared Mentally Incompetent (Guns Seized)

    03/28/2012 8:30:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 14 February, 2012 | Daisy Luther
    We often ask, “What would be the last straw? What would make us take up arms and defend ourselves against the Powers That Be?” Usually, that answer is guns. For most preppers and constitutional activists, losing our weapons would be an affront that would cause us to stand up and take action. That particular insult has happened to one of our community. David Sarti, of Lebanon, TN, recently appeared on National Geographic’s program Doomsday Preppers. The producers motives with this show are questionable, from a prepping perspective. They seemed to have sought out people who are real “characters” – the...
  • It's On: Iran Closes Straits Of Hormuz, Oil Explodes

    12/13/2011 7:17:12 AM PST · by JohnKinAK · 44 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/13/2011 | Tyler Durden
    It's on. Iran has just closed the Straits of Hormuz for military training as was expected yesterday, according to RanSquawk. Oil, and all other commodities, are outtahere.
  • New TV Program on 1st Female Pope?

    11/28/2011 10:59:24 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 25 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 23, 2011 | Jimmy Akin
    The other day a press release lands in my email inbox and blares: U.S. TELEVISION PREMIERE OF “POPE JOAN” ON REELZCHANNEL The Incredible Legend of the Only Female Pope Two-Part Television Miniseries Event Premieres Sunday and Monday, December 18-19, 2011 at 8pm ET and at 8pm PT Oh, great. The “Pope Joan” thing again.[SNIP] Okay, here’s the standard TV overhyped mystery weasel word: “consider.” They want their viewers to “consider” this story. They’re not willing to say flat out that it’s true. But they want to create the illusion that it is or might be, so they ask viewers to...
  • Rumors cause terrorism panic

    11/12/2011 2:09:39 PM PST · by struwwelpeter · 6 replies ^ | November 10th, 2011 | Robert Keller
    Original Title: "Word of mouth" On Friday, November 4th, it seemed as if the city of Karaganda, Kazakhstan was paralyzed. Life had come to a halt: cafes and restaurants were deserted, and almost no one ventured out into the streets. Parents came and took their children home from schools and kindergartens. People were afraid to ride the buses, and it was impossible to catch a taxi. But the main thing – there was information, by word of mouth, regarding alleged acts of terrorism, murders, and hostage taking... It was the first time ever that the coal-mining capital of Kazakhstan had...
  • Is this Chinese "Dark Sword" UAV Photo Real or Faked?

    09/16/2011 10:16:18 PM PDT · by EdisonOne · 45 replies ^ | 16 September 2011 | Admin;
    2011-09-16 (China Military News cited from China-defense-mashup) -- In 2006 Zhuhai Air Show, SAC demonstrated a concept combat UAV model named "Dark Sword". It has been clear that China is fairly active on UAV research area where the Chinese Aviation Industries can greatly reduce technology gap with western countries. Yesterday, a photo of "Dark Sword" UAV's Flight appeared on Chinese Internet. However, the truth of this photo can not be approved. Some resources point that it is a software-faked image. Western analyzers believe that Dark Sword (Anjian) is a stealth strike UCAV with forward swept wings, filling a similar niche...
  • Seventeen (17) things that critics are saying about Rick Perry

    08/14/2011 10:36:33 AM PDT · by Sudetenland · 47 replies
    Pesky Truth ^ | July 19, 2011 | garnet92
    Over the past couple of months Rick Perry has been considering a run for POTUS. As of Thursday, August 11, it looks like the decision has been made and he’s in. Since he’s been Governor of Texas for over ten years, folks from the other “56 states” are asking Texans what kind of governor he’s been and what we think. I decided that what I “think” isn’t good enough – I could be wrong. So, I decided to do some research on Perry’s record and form a more accurate, fact-based opinion on his qualifications instead of relying on my general...
  • Saudi embassy on Delta rumors: American Jews are always welcome!

    06/24/2011 4:02:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    hot air ^ | 6/24/11 | Allahpundit
    I’m overstating it a little. Even so, good news for Jewish readers: If you haven’t made any vacation plans this summer, there’s an exciting new option on the table. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today issued the following statement regarding the false story being circulated on the Internet regarding implications of Saudi Arabian Airlines membership in the Delta Airlines SkyTeam Alliance: “Rumors being circulated via the Internet regarding passenger flight restrictions on Saudi Arabian Airlines are completely false. The Government of Saudi Arabia does not deny visas to U.S. citizens based on their religion.” This has been their official policy...
  • Rick Perry aids prepped for rumor rehash(MSM - He's Gay?)

    06/21/2011 5:24:58 AM PDT · by CharlyFord · 62 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/20/11 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    If Texas Gov. Rick Perry decides to run for president, his team is more than prepared for a re-airing of unsubstantiated rumors, circulated on and off for years in the Lone Star State, about his personal life. The crusted-over rumors were in the ether among some attendees at a dinner hosted last week by the Manhattan County GOP, where Perry gave the keynote speech. The rumors, which have never been proven despite repeated review by media outlets, were addressed by the governor himself in a lengthy 2004 American-Statesman story that is sure to see new life if he runs
  • Bill Clinton: Hey, let’s have a Ministry of Truth, or something (To Squash Rumors on the Internet)

    05/14/2011 12:53:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/13/2011 | Ed Morrisey
    Everywhere else but Washington, this would qualify as high irony. In the Beltway, however, it only qualifies as another pathetic attack on free speech. Bill Clinton attacked free speech on the Internet yesterday, telling CNBC that it would be “legitimate” for the government to create an agency to discredit political arguments and quash Internet rumors: Bill Clinton doesn’t like all the misinformation and rumors floating on the Internet. And he thinks the United Nations or the U.S. government should create an agency to do something about it.“It would be a legitimate thing to do,” Clinton said in an interview airing...
  • Is Lindsey Graham Gay, Revisited

    12/28/2010 8:00:22 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies · 14+ views
    Charleston City Paper ^ | 2010-12-28 | Greg Hambrick
    The recent repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell will likely leave Sen. John McCain's congressional legacy as one of a crotchety old miser. As his wingman, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) could also see his maverick rep reshaped in the aftermath of the gay rights victory. Graham's angry defense of the 17-year Congressional ban on out gay service members has renewed attention on what's in his closet. The question has come up in interviews and Graham has politely maintained that he's a straight, content bachelor. But he can't shake the questions about why he's never put a ring on it. For...
  • Terrible News--"Kidnapped" Air Force Major Jill Metzger REINSTATED On Active Duty At Andrews AFB

    10/08/2010 3:58:28 PM PDT · by Tea Party Reveler · 33 replies
    Military Corruption Dot Com ^ | 10/08/2010 | Major Glenn MacDonald
  • White House Insider: Obama Battling Severe Depression

    09/29/2010 9:11:32 PM PDT · by Callahan · 171 replies · 2+ views
    NewsFlavor ^ | 9/27/2010 | Ulsterman
    So you state that President Obama is depressed?  How did you come by this information?  From a direct source still working within the White House on a daily basis.  As I had stated previously, tensions at the White House have reached a critical stage.  The infighting among staff is off the charts.  More recently, the president has increasingly withdrawn emotionally from the day to day demands of his job – he has become what was described to me as “empty”.  Empty?  That is correct – empty.  ....   But still…(interrupting) I would also add what you well know.  I have...
  • Sarah Palin slams 'impotent, ''whack' reporters in radio interview

    09/03/2010 3:10:24 AM PDT · by Scanian · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 2, 2010 | NEWSCORE
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin slammed reporters who write about her using anonymous sources Thursday, calling them “impotent” and “whack.” The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee made the remarks in an appearance on Sean Hannity’s WABC radio show. In response to a question about an upcoming trip to Iowa on Septmber 17, Palin singled out a piece in CQ Politics which reported that Palin had asked for an opportunity to speak in the Hawkeye state, instead of being invited to speak. “I did see a headline on CQ Politics and they’re way whack, saying that I asked for an opportunity...
  • 'Raghead' Haley comment the latest flap in S.C. race

    06/05/2010 2:39:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies · 1,424+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 4, 2010 | Seanna Adcox (Associated Press)
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A GOP lawmaker hoping to be the state's first female governor is getting publicity for all the wrong reasons. First a political blogger said he and Rep. Nikki Haley had an inappropriate physical relationship when he worked for her in 2007. Then a lobbyist said he had a one-night stand with her in a Salt Lake City hotel room during a school choice conference. On Thursday, state Sen. Jake Knotts used an ethnic slur to refer to Haley, whose parents immigrated from India.
  • Barack Obama criticises iPod and Xbox era

    05/10/2010 4:11:43 AM PDT · by Scanian · 22 replies · 760+ views
    Telegraph-UK ^ | May 10, 2010 | Telegraph-UK
    Mr Obama, who often chides journalists and cable news outlets for obsessing on superficial coverage rather than serious issues, told a class of graduating university students that education was the key to progress. "You're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank all that high on the truth meter," Mr Obama said at Hampton University, Virginia. "With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, - none of which I know how to work - information becomes a distraction,...
  • Gordon Lightfoot’s Death Hoax Apparently Started From Twitter

    02/20/2010 7:22:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 764+ views
    Thaindian News ^ | February 20th | Aishwarya Bhatt
    Gordon Lightfoot was pronounced dead on the Internet on Thursday, in a well-planned hoax. Apparently the news started from the social networking, and the micro blogging site Twitter, and from there it spread like wildfire to the radio, TV, news channels. Even Gordon Lightfoot heard his own death news on the radio in his car, as he was traveling to work. So Gordon Lightfoot is very much alive, contrary to reports that he had died while touring North America. His death news on Thursday was confirmed as a hoax. The 71-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter is well known for his hits like...
  • Fights break out along MLK parade route in Tulsa

    01/18/2010 2:57:03 PM PST · by SoonerStorm09 · 43 replies · 1,706+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | January 18, 2010 | Shannon Muchmore
    Tulsa police arrested about half a dozen people today following fights that broke out after the Martin Luther King Jr. parade. Cpl. Scott Anderson said the fights started about 1:30 p.m. after the parade had ended. Anderson said about 20 small fights broke out along Pine Street near Greenwood Avenue. ``We had just large groups of people and some instigators started some fights. It just took awhile to disperse the groups," Anderson said. Mounted patrol from the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office also responded to help police. Anderson said police arrested about half a dozen people. He said despite rumors of...
  • Rumors of Something Apple is Afoot, Something Big, on January 26, 2009—iTablets to come???

    12/23/2009 11:27:12 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 13 replies · 769+ views
    The Boy Genius Report; Business Insider, The NY Times; The Financial Times ^ | 12/23/2009 | The Boy Genius; Dan Frommer; Nick Bilton; David Gelles
    By the pricking of my thumbs,something tablet this way comes... Apple tablet definitely coming in 7" size? by Boy Genius Blog on December 23rd, 2009 at 9:41am We’re really going out on a limb here, but one of our very connected sources let us know that they’ve heard very solid information about Apple’s upcoming tablet. It has been widely reported recently that the size of the tablet is 10″, but there was also talk about a 7″ model. Our connect said there is 100% a 7″ Apple tablet, to be announced in January, and whether this is in addition to...
  • Faking an Osama Drama: The Pakistani con game

    12/05/2009 3:19:26 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 553+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 5, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    Reliably sympathetic to non-Western lies, the BBC reported yesterday that a prisoner in Pakistani custody knows a guy who saw Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan last January. Headlines! Now, Osama may, indeed, pop over the border into Afghanistan now and then -- but this report is a shameless Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence agency concoction. Why? Because the Pakistanis have taken a lot of heat recently over suspicions -- including those raised in The Post -- that they know where Osama is but shield him for their own benefit. Even party-line US government officials have grown skeptical about the Pakistani government's...
  • Cass Sunstein: Censor Hannity, right-wing rumors

    11/23/2009 2:31:41 PM PST · by antidemoncrat · 38 replies · 1,981+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/23/09 | Aaron Klein
    Websites should be obliged to remove "false rumors" while libel laws should be altered to make it easier to sue for spreading such "rumors," argued Cass Sunstein, Obama's regulatory czar
  • Glenn Beck 1990: Politics of Retribution (Enemies Try to Start Rumor He Raped & Murdered Girl)

    09/09/2009 10:51:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 103 replies · 7,206+ views
    Examiner ^ | 9/8/09 | Michael Stone
    "Glenn Beck 1990" is an exercise in the politics of retribution - a spoof of Glenn Beck's outrageous assertions and obfuscations - an Internet meme engineered by those seeking justice - a theater of the absurd. "Glenn Beck 1990" is short for "Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990", a web site dedicated to tracking the meme questioning Glenn Beck's guilt in 1990. Glenn Beck is not pleased, and is taking legal action against the website tracking the meme. tech dirt reports: It turns out that Glenn Beck isn't happy about this either. He's filed a domain name...
  • Does the citizen journalist model facilitate spreading vicious internet rumors?

    09/06/2009 12:39:39 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 9 replies · 616+ views ^ | Sept 6, 2009 | myself
    "What is Launched in April 2008, is the insider source of everything local, offering a rich mix of hyper-local and globally relevant content. covers more than 100 major U.S. cities, thousands of towns and neighborhoods, and is developing a strong presence in international markets including Canada, the U.K., the Philippines and Australia. Website visitors are geo-targeted to their closest market, with over 18 million monthly unique visitors expected by the end of 2009. " is a division of the Clarity Media Group, and is wholly owned by The Anschutz Company, one of the largest media investment companies...
  • Rumors Surface That Leon Panetta is Resigning

    08/26/2009 12:24:42 PM PDT · by JerseyRepub · 314 replies · 18,478+ views ^ | 8/26/2009 | Redstate
    Our friends at Restate are hearing credible rumors that Leon Panetta is quitting over the proposed procecution of CIA operatives. If this is true, kudos to Leon...
  • Rumors influencing health care debate (MSN following orders)

    08/21/2009 7:33:12 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 4 replies · 589+ views
    CNN | updated 6:47 p.m. EDT, Thu August 20, 2009 | By Tom Cohen
    At a press conference, Obama suggested that the MSN support the health care issue by dispelling rumors. And of course, the MSN has stepped efforts to do his bidding. CNN writer Tom Cohen laments the spreading of false rumors and cites the efforts of CNN's Truth Squad (Ha!) to dispel rumors like the ones about 'bank access.' The gist of his article, and the accompanying photograph, is that objections to Obama care are based on stubborn false rumors alone. Since I don't recall if we are allowed to link to CNN directly, I'll put the link here:
  • MoDo Covers the Jesse Griffin Scandal

    08/09/2009 12:31:58 PM PDT · by diefree · 3 replies · 625+ views
    The Other McCain ^ | August 9, 2009 | Stacy McCain
    "Gryphen" gets an extension on his 15 minutes of fame courtesy of the New York Times columnist: Palin is still obsessed with the blogosphere, which recently lit up with a rumor -- started by a fellow mavericky Alaskan, who also no longer has his job -- that she and Todd were Splitsville. Excuse me, Ms. Dowd, but is Palin "obsessed with the blogosphere" or is it the other way around? And don't you share that obsession? Furthermore, ma'am -- speaking of "Gryphen" a/k/a former Anchorage kindergarten teaching assistant Jesse Ray Griffin -- is it the usual practice of the New...

    08/05/2009 9:47:23 AM PDT · by Edisto Joe · 9 replies · 1,118+ views
    The Edisto Joe Outlook ^ | 08/05/2009 | Edisto Joe
    Now that would be a great story, except for one thing...its not true. Still I'm sure plenty of people will read the headline and not the copy. For those who don't know, Mcleod is the “Ethics Nazi” of Alaska who politically stalked Palin while she was Governor, and filed numerous ethics complaints against her and brought on a lawsuit. Now I can't say for fact, and have no real basis to suspect that she probably has assisted in perpetuating rumors about the ex-Governor, but certainly by her actions she has encouraged it and I'm sure if asked she would not...
  • Citizen Informants

    08/05/2009 3:23:32 AM PDT · by Scanian · 36 replies · 1,114+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 05, 2009 | Bart Willruth
    In 1930's Germany, the new socialist government of Adolf Hitler (NAZI National Socialist Workers' Party) began indoctrinating children in the quasi-military organization, the Hitler Youth, to inform on their parents should they overhear discussions subversive to the policies of the Leader. As the noose was tightened, local community organizers were appointed to watch their neighbors and were told to report subversive comments to the bureaucrats above them. Neighbors informed on neighbors, some for reasons of patriotism or loyalty, some from fear. A modern inquisition ensued; a terror to free thought and expression. Increasingly harsh penalties were meted out to those...
  • Did Sarah Palin just 'Pwn' the media with divorce rumors?

    08/02/2009 7:35:57 AM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 146 replies · 6,855+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 8/2/09 | Rick Moran
    This is highly speculative but you've probably heard by now that a couple of Alaska liberal bloggers "broke" the story about Sarah Palin's supposed impending divorce from her husband. It sure sounded solid coming from Alaska Report News: AlaskaReport has learned today that Todd Palin and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin are to divorce. Multiple sources in Wasilla and Anchorage (including a former Palin staffer) have confirmed the split. A National Enquirer story exposing previous affairs on both sides led to a deterioration of their marriage and the stress from that led to Palin's resignation as governor of Alaska last...
  • FBI says Palin isn't under investigation (News from FBI - this is getting good!)

    07/06/2009 11:25:33 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 36 replies · 1,886+ views
    ADN ^ | July 6th, 2009 | SEAN COCKERHAM
    RUMORS WRONG: Agent rebuts circulating allegations cited by Anchorage blogger. The FBI is taking the unusual step of declaring that Gov. Sarah Palin is not under investigation, as Palin herself left for Western Alaska and communicated to the world through her Twitter account. "We are not investigating her," FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez said on Sunday. "Normally we don't confirm or deny those kind of allegations out there, but by not doing so it just casts her in a very bad light. There is just no truth to those rumors out there in the blogosphere." Palin has ignored requests for an...
  • Sarah Palin threatens legal action over resignation rumours

    07/05/2009 1:53:50 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 37 replies · 2,330+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | July 5, 2009 | Alex Spillius
    As speculation swirled that her decision was connected to a pending corruption investigation, Mrs Palin's lawyer issued a four-page letter warning legal action against bloggers and US publications that reprinted the allegations, which she strongly denies. "To the extent several websites ... are now claiming as 'fact' that Governor Palin resigned because she is 'under federal investigation' for embezzlement or other criminal wrongdoing, we will be exploring legal options this week to address such defamation," said Thomas Van Flein, her lawyer, in a statement. He also told the Anchorage Daily News that he was unaware of any criminal investigation involving...
  • Sarah Palin not under FBI investigation, agency spokesman says

    07/04/2009 10:03:17 PM PDT · by MestaMachine · 171 replies · 6,461+ views
    L A Times ^ | July 5, 2009 | Josh Meyer
    Reporting from Washington -- A day after Alaska Gov. Sara Palin resigned, a federal official in her home state dismissed one potential explanation for her sudden and unexpected resignation -- a rumored FBI investigation into the former Wasilla mayor on public corruption charges. Despite rumors of a looming controversy after Palin's surprise announcement Friday that she will leave office this month, some of them published in the blogosphere, the FBI's Alaska spokesman said the bureau had no investigation into Palin for her activities as governor, as mayor or in any other capacity. "There is absolutely no truth to those rumors,...
  • UK: Top Aide to Gordon Brown forced to quit over 'sex smear scandal'

    04/19/2009 4:44:21 AM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 9 replies · 718+ views
    The Observer ^ | Apr 11, 2009 | Gaby Hinsliff
    Gordon Brown is today engulfed in crisis after a key aide resigned and the Tories threatened legal action over explosive leaked emails discussing how to smear senior Conservatives, including David Cameron's wife, Samantha, with rumours about their private lives. Damian McBride, one of the prime minister's closest advisers, quit over his exchange with the Labour blogger Derek Draper, in which the two discussed setting up a website to air scurrilous allegations about opponents, including unfounded allegations about affairs between leading opposition MPs. The idea was still being actively discussed until a fortnight ago, the Observer has learned. ..... Among the...
  • Report: Bristol Palin and Fiancé Split

    03/11/2009 3:47:01 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 1,292 replies · 20,789+ views
    TODAY ^ | 03.11.09 | STAFF
    The pair, parents to 2-month-old son Tripp, broke up 'a few weeks ago' Bristol Palin and her fiancé Levi Johnston have broken up, two sources tell PEOPLE. The split happened "a few weeks ago," according to a source close to the couple, but it's unclear what precipitated it. "It was a mutual thing," adds the source. "It kind of just happened," says the source, referring to the split. "I thought they would stick it out. But I think they can work together to raise Tripp." Despite the breakup, Levi still sees the couple's son. Levi's dad, Keith Johnston, told PEOPLE...
  • Bristol Palin & Levi Johnston Break Off Engagement

    03/11/2009 8:56:12 AM PDT · by VinL · 151 replies · 6,846+ views ^ | 3-11-09 | staff
    Sarah Palin's 18-year-old daughter Bristol has reportedly broken off her engagement with Levi Johnston, the father of her 2-month-old son Tripp. It's surprising because in an interview just last month with FOX's Gretta Van Susteren, Bristol said the 19-year-old Levi is a hands-on dad and that they planned on marrying after finishing their education. But in a new interview with Star Magazine, Levi's sister Mercede Johnston says Bristol actually broke up with Levi more than a month ago, is not attending school and rarely lets her baby daddy see their young son. Mercede also says Bristol even told him that...
  • Caroline Kennedy Romance Affair

    01/23/2009 7:44:34 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 1,388+ views
    Caroline Kennedy Romance Affair Caroline Kennedy rumored affair and Arthur Pinch Sulzberger? Caroline Kennedy’s rumored affair was with New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. (born Sept 22 1951) is the son of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger aka Punch Sulzberger. The son is sometimes called Arthur Pinch Sulzberger as a variation of his father’s nickname. “Obama recently named Caroline Kennedy to his vice presidential search committee - and she’s been telling friends that if he’s elected to the White House, she wants to move to Washington, D.C., and take a role in his Democratic administration,” a friend revealed....
  • MSNBC retracts false Palin story; others duped

    11/14/2008 7:09:29 AM PST · by outfield · 35 replies · 1,384+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/12/2008 | David Bauder
    MSNBC was the victim of a hoax when it reported that an adviser to John McCain had identified himself as the source of an embarrassing story about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the network said Wednesday. David Shuster, an anchor for the cable news network, said on air Monday that Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, had come forth and identified himself as the source of a Fox News Channel story saying Palin had mistakenly believed Africa was a country instead of a continent. Eisenstadt identifies himself on a blog as a senior fellow at the Harding Institute for...
  • Rumor Patrol: Romney Camp Spreading Palin Stories?

    11/10/2008 6:16:55 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 160 replies · 1,461+ views
    Rumor Patrol: Romney Camp Spreading Palin Stories? 07 Nov 2008 06:07 pm Rumor: Aides and advisers to Mitt Romney are responsible for spreading most of the anti-Palin stories that have been going around; during the campaign, they pressured reporters to look into reports of tension between McCain and Palin factions.

    11/09/2008 9:07:49 AM PST · by SoftTyranny · 25 replies · 282+ views ^ | 11/9/2008 | Soft Tryranny
    An Excellent Editorial posted on City on a Hill Political Observer. The mainstream media and the Obama-Biden campaign made the political assassination of Governor Sarah Palin their number one goal during the 2008 election cycle. The agile and tough Alaskan moose-hunter was able to survive the attempt on her political life, but left this campaign field bloodied. In the past few days some second-rate hacks within the McCain campaign and establishment elites within the GOP have tried to finish the job. They must not and will not succeed. It is often quoted by some random Alaskan politician that, “the Alaskan...
  • Rumors increase in last days of campaigns

    10/28/2008 5:54:31 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 8 replies · 681+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | 10/28/2008 | AP via MSNBC
    Can't quote due to copyright restrictions but it is another example of the mainstream media trying to deflect stories about Obama's past associations and Socialist rantings as rumors which are just SOP in the waning days before an election. We have heard that the LA Times is witholding a damaging tape of Obama with a PLO spokesman. The major newspapers are burying the story on the SCOTUS wealth redistribution interview from 2001. It's a shameful display of partisan bias.
  • False Rumor on CNN's iReport Causes Apple Computer Stock Price Dip

    10/04/2008 7:59:41 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 9 replies · 437+ views ^ | 10/04/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    One of CNN's citizen reporters on their new iReport service caused a bit of panic for Apple's stock prices this week when one of those reports featured a false claim that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack. With rumors swirling the stock price fell until official news from Apple quashing the rumor calmed investors' fears. Apple shares, which have in the past been shaken by the question of Jobs' health, climbed more than 5 percent in early trade but retreated as the rumor gained momentum on Internet blogs. The stock at one point was down more than...
  • Bloggers sniff out anti-Palin astroturf campaign– and the cover up begins

    09/22/2008 9:08:45 AM PDT · by Anti-Hillary · 29 replies · 340+ views
    PajamasMedia ^ | 9-22-08 | Michelle Malkin
    Follow the disappearing YouTube account… The blogosphere is doing the job the MSM thinks no one else can do. A collaborative investigative effort by our friends at The Jawa Report to expose an apparently astroturfed, anti-Sarah Palin smear campaign seems to have caused late-night panic in Barack Obama-linked p.r. circles. The bloggers digging into the provenance of anti-Sarah Palin smears on the web got results last night/early this morning while most elite journalists were still in their pajamas sleeping. First, read this. Read the whole thing. Rusty Shackleford — with help from Jane of Armies of Liberation, Stable Hand, the...