This piece on Obama is just mind-bogglingly awful. Essentially, this is the summary: “There are a bunch of vicious rumors online about Obama. Obama denies them, but some random people interviewed assume they’re true. Because these random people think the smears might be true, we’ll tell you all about the smears, but without saying that they’re all false and malicious. Plus, if they are true, it might torpedo his candidacy!”
Seriously. It’s like, “Random emails say Obama is a Muslim. He says he’s not. But if he is, he’s screwed!” It’s absurd.
On a related note, for an excellent explanation of how these types of smear emails get started and stay influential, see Chris Hayes’s recent Nation article.