Sliming Al Gore
Spin becomes Truth becomes Legend. One of my essential blogs is the Daily Howler. The blog's author, Bob Somerby, is obsessed with spin that works it's way into myth because of a lazy, dilettante, mainstream press corps.
Legend No. 1: "It was the right-wing media who slimed Al Gore in 2000 and put GWB into the White House." Somerby has an avalanche of writing from over the years which shows how The New York Times and the Washington Post led the charge on Al Gore for 18 months prior to the election (partly because of personal animus towards him - also disdain for both of the Clintons being the main reasons).
The reason I write about this is because he returns to the subject today (hit the link above and scroll down to "Born Too Late:", and read his blog as often as possible, because it's pretty compelling...