While people of all political persuasions forward things that resonate with them, the right-wing e-mail phenomenon has become so pervasive that The Nation magazine actually did a story on it, titled "Smear forward." In it, the magazine notes that e-mail, long an efficient way to disseminate information, has become a particularly effective way to disseminate disinformation, false tales, smears that are often factually incorrect but serve a partisan purpose.
A case in point would be the tale, completely untrue, that Barack Obama attended an Islamic "madrassa" school as a child. The story became so pervasive — via e-mail — that mainstream news outlets picked up on it.
Ironically, Mr. Smart does not seem to realize the origins of the Obama-madrassa school story. It was the Hillary camp. Foxnews later picked up on this story (linked below) and was later criticized by left wingers for creating this "false impression".
Insight magazine article: Hillary's team has questions about Obama's Muslim background
Another told of how Hillary flat-out refused to meet with mothers of sons and daughters who were killed in combat, a story that is also false.
Ok, is Gil really going back to 2000 or 2001 to prove this point? Check here. Yes, it is a false story that circulated in 2000 which had some basis in events that actually occured (but were "blown out of proportion").
And the Ghost of General Patton thing has been circulating on Democrat and Conservative news groups since about early June 2004.
You got anything since the last election cycle there, Gil old boy?