(excerpt from Washington File:) "Rumors, gossip, and conspiracy theories undermine trust and the advantages of the "Information Revolution." In an effort to correct malicious or simply misguided "information," the U.S. Department of State has created a new web collection, "Identifying Misinformation," http://usinfo.state.gov/media/media_resources/misinformation.html
"Identifying Misinformation" was developed over a number of years. It corrects false claims that the United States:
- had advance warning of the South Asian tsunami
- invented AIDS as a biological weapon
- is using chemical weapons in Iraq
- "created" Osama bin Laden.
The page is written by the State Department's countermisinformation expert. He has authored reports on this subject to the U.S. Congress and the United Nations, and has 12 years of experience debunking false stories. "