Barack Obama

Phony news swamps legitimate journalism

Hillary Clinton has a lesbian lover, Michelle Obama is a transvestite, Donald Trump claimed at an evangelical Christian rally that "I'm gonna save this nation like Jesus saved Christians. Except, I'll be able to save you without some silly cross." These are some of the patently false news postings making the rounds of the Internet and specifically Facebook this campaign season.

An alarming plague of false information masquerading as legitimate journalism has swept through Facebook and other Internet sources that a growing number of Americans rely on for their news. One example: A fake post, falsely attributed to Time Magazine, in which the author asserted that Barack Obama...