Obama Fights Rumors with Web Site

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CBNNews.com -- Sen. Barack Obama is using the Internet to squelch rumors about him that continue to circulate on the Web.

On the site, supporters and opponents can read what the Obama campaign has to say about the rumored charges.

For example, one rumor says Michelle Obama used the word "whitey" at her former church -- Trinity United Church of Christ. The rumor claims there is video of the speech. But on Obama's anti-rumor Web site, the campaign says "no such tape exists." It also says "Michelle Obama has not spoken from the pulpit at Trinity and has not used that word."

Obama was asked about this rumor last week and told reporters that the gossip was not true.

"It is a destructive aspect of our politics right now," Obama said. "And simply because something appears in an e-mail that should lend it no more credence than if you heard it on the corner."

The site also dispels rumors that Obama is a Muslim saying that he is "a committed Christian."

It also shows video of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee leading the Pledge of Allegiance, hand over heart, in the Senate back in June 2007. The move confronts another e-mail rumor that says Obama refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

"The Obama campaign isn't going to let dishonest smears spread across the Internet unanswered," said spokesman Tommy Vietor. "It's not enough to just know the truth, we have to be proactive and fight back."

Source: The Associated Press

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