5 Worst Chain E-Mails of the Election Season

Chain E-mails have been vicious this year, particularly those attacking Michelle and Barack Obama.


1. In May, an E-mail fabricated excerpts from Michelle Obama's senior thesis, saying that she wrote that the United States was founded on "crime and hatred" and that whites in America are "ineradicably racist." The thesis does not contain these phrases or the words "crime," "hatred," "hate," "ineradicably," or "racist."

2. An E-mail from September falsified a list of 93 books that Sarah Palin supposedly tried to ban from the Wasilla, Alaska, public library when she was mayor.

3. An E-mail falsely accused Obama of criticizing the national anthem and saying that he would prefer the anthem to be the song "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing." The quote attributed to Obama in the E-mail was actually from a satire written by syndicated columnist John Semmens.

4. An E-mail from May completely fabricated a quote from Obama's memoir, Dreams from My Father , saying that Obama wrote, "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race." The quote is actually from an analysis of the memoir that appeared in the American Conservative.

5. A chain E-mail from February attacked Hillary Clinton by saying that Obama authored 890 bills and cosponsored 1,100 more while Clinton got just 20 bills passed during her first seven years in the Senate. This is an inaccurate comparison as it measures only the bills that Clinton sponsored or cosponsored that were signed into law. It includes amendments in Obama's total but not in Clinton's.

Source: PolitiFact.com (Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton)