I have a favor to ask of my facebook friends, twitter followers and others who may call or e-mail the newsroom. Before you forward that chain e-mail or share that facebook status, take thirty seconds to see if it's true or urban legend.
The political season brings many of these chain messages out and neither party can escape them. You've seen them--Today I received this e-mail; "Every President since 1912 has been the honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America. President Obama refused that honor". The message goes on to say "Not much press coverage on this story, the first President in 100 years to insult his finest citizens, Eagle Scouts".
A search that took less than 15 seconds showed me another version of the story. click here
Have you seen on facebook there's a photograph showing Mitt Romney posing with children whose shirts spell out the word "Money"? Again, not true
We also find that certain chain e-mails resurface every 2-3 years. Earlier this month, I received an e-mail that included this message; 'I just found out that ABC news has banned American Flag lapel pins or any other patriotic insignias". Believe it or not, that issue dates back to theSept. 11th attacks
Here are a couple of good resources. Factcheck.org is " a nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics".
snopes.com is another popular site. It calls itself a "reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors and misinformation".
Please keep sending us your tweets, facebook messages and e-mails. But remember, don't believe everything you share.