Abstract: The "Rumor Bomb" is a theory of contemporary American mediated politics, an actual state of affairs, and a particular rhetorical strategy. This paper argues that only through a convergence theory of media, culture and politics, can one begin to understand how and why rumor is the arme de choix of the American political present. That convergence is marked by the increasing presence of PR driving American politics (electoral and issue campaigns, media agendas, and representations of governance) throughout the 20th century; the effects of speed in mediation and circulation of information; the effects of speed and new technologies such as the internet and satellite broadcasting on news as a profession; the rise of infotainment and tabloidization in news and fierce market competition partly behind such trends; and the technocratization of American politics which in communication style and strategy mirrors war propaganda techniques. Paul Virilio's theory of "pure war" and the information bomb is used to frame the discussion. Click on title link above to download paper.