Obama fights the smears

The Barack Obama campaign launched FightTheSmears.com, in an effort to combat rumors about the presidential candidate and his family. This plan is a unique approach to handling rumors, but will the open communication help or hurt the campaign?

The Barack Obama campaign launched FightTheSmears.com, in an effort to combat rumors about the presidential candidate and his family. After rumors surfaced that there is a video of Obama's wife, Michelle, using the term "whitey," the presidential nominee wanted to create a way to defunct those rumors.

In an age where the Internet allows information - and rumors - to swirl endlessly and quickly, some say, the anti-smear Web site is a new must-have tool. Staffed by "fact-checkers," the site encourages supporters to participate by doing their own rumor surveillance for the campaign.

"We will not allow Michelle — or, for that matter, Barack — to be defined by rumors," Obama adviser Anita Dunn told Time magazine.

Meanwhile, Fox News apologized for a reference to Michelle Obama as a "baby mama" during a newscast.

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