Candidates hit back hard, fast against online attacks

Candidates hit back hard, fast against online attacks:

Philip J. Berg illustrates how hard it is to quash rumors once they spread.

The Philadelphia-area lawyer, who filed the suit against Obama’s candidacy, is aware that the Web site FactCheck.org has examined Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate and ruled it kosher.

But he doesn’t believe it.

“FactCheck.org is owned by Annenberg of Chicago, where Obama sat on the board,” the lawyer said, dismissing the Web site’s verdict.

FactCheck.org describes itself as a “nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate’ for voters.” It is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.