Factcheck.org: That Chain E-Mail Your Friend Sent You

I've noticed that chain e-mails, particularly those about politics, have a lot of things in common: urgent and frightening messages; spelling errors; a tendency to blame mainstream media for not telling the real story; and false, misleading, utterly bogus, and completely off-base claims.If there was ever a case where readers should apply a guilty-until-proven-innocent standard, this is it.