Obama campaign launches website to counter rumors

With a flurry of internet rumors abounding and some misrepresentations by the press, the Obama campaign today launched a website dedicated to putting out the truth, as the Obama camp sees it, concerning some of these rumors and claims.

Story from Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON – Democrat Barack Obama’s campaign said Thursday that Michelle Obama never used the word “whitey” in a speech from the church pulpit as he launched a Web site to debunk rumors about himself and his wife.

The rumor that Michelle Obama railed against “whitey” in a diatribe at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ has circulated on conservative Republican blogs for weeks and was repeated by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. The rumor included claims of a videotape of the speech that would be used to bring down Obama’s candidacy this fall.

“No such tape exists,” the campaign responds on the site, http://www.fightthesmears.com. “Michelle Obama has not spoken from the pulpit at Trinity and has not used that word.”

The site is a response to the realities of a brave new world, where information travels 24 hours a day on blogs and voters are increasingly turning to the Internet for information. It’s a particular problem for Obama, a relative newcomer to national politics who is still unknown to many voters and has been the target of persistent misinformation campaigns online.

In another sign of the campaign moving into the general election race, the Democratic National Committee’s spokeswoman said Thursday its political and field operations are relocating to Chicago, where Obama’s campaign is based. While other departments will remain in Washington, it’s an effort to streamline the campaign and party efforts in one strategy instead of the overlapping efforts of past presidential elections.

E-mails about Obama rank No. 2 on the list of “Hottest Urban Legends” on snopes.com, an Internet rumor-debunking site, behind e-mail greeting cards that could expose computers to viruses.

You can check the site out at FightTheSmears.com.

A sample from the site:

Well, technically Obama was born to a Muslim father which, by Muslim tradition, automatically makes him a Muslim. He wasn’t raised Muslim and he didn’t attend a madrassa, but he was technically “born” a Muslim.

The Obama campaign must have determined that these rumors would have legs considering the Rev. Wright controversy and other nefarious characters surrounding his campaign. They are taking the offense on these issues which I think they absolutely have to do if they want to shut them down by November.