Why lies win online Three's a trend, right? Take the false report of Steve Jobs's heart attack , spread by a CNN website and Digg; a six-year-old report of United Airlines' bankruptcy , resuscitated by Google News; and a silly story about Oprah and Sarah Palin . And what do you get? Lies, lies, lies on the Internet ! Some Web operations are promising to factcheck Wednesday's presidential debate in real time. Right! I ran a magazine's factchecking operation, and much to my fellow editors' chagrin, a thorough vetting of the accuracy of a report does not happen instantly. Passing on some concocted tale that confirms your worldview? That takes no time, or thought, at all. All the Internet does is speed things up a little. (Illustration via The Second Road)