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The Barack Obama Team Pushes Back on Campaign Smears

Barack Obama's campaign has developed a website, Fight the Smears, to address the many lies that are being spread about him during this presidential campaign. Some folks have even attacked Michelle Obama with lies.

Many of the smears rely upon our religious fears and racial prejudices. Much like e-mail hoaxes you've likely received, the smears against Obama are obvious lies if one just takes a moment to think about what is being asserted.

Unfortunately, Senator McCain's campaign strategy seems much like a reincarnation of the tactics used by Hillary Clinton. We are in for more negativity and more smears.

Here are some of the lies that are already being circulated and this is how the Obama campaign deals with them:

SMEAR: Michelle Obama Says "Whitey" On a Tape

LIE: Rush Limbaugh says a tape exists of Michelle Obama using the word "whitey" from the pulpit of Trinity United

LIE: Blogger Larry Johnson writes "New and dramatic developments. This is a heads up. I'll post the news Monday morning by 0900 hours."

LIE: Proven GOP sleazemeister Roger Stone says he has "credible evidence that some indelible record exists" of a tape of Michelle Obama using the term "whitey."

LIE: Blogger: "Tape was filmed between June 26th - July 1st 2004 in Chicago, IL at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference at Trinity United Church: specifically the Women's Event."

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No Such Tape Exists

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SMEAR: Barack Obama's birth certificate

LIE: Barack Obama is hiding his birth certificate

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You can see his birth certificate here

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SMEAR: Barack Obama is a Muslim

LIE: Barack Obama is a Muslim

LIE: Barack Obama attended a radical madrassa

LIE: Senator Obama was sworn into the US Senate using the Koran

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Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian

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SMEAR: Obama's Books Contain Racially Incendiary Remarks

A recent email forward allegedly quotes passages from Senator Obama's books related to race and religion. The majority of these are alterations, deliberate manipulations, and in one case, an outright fabrication of Obama's words.

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Book Quotes are Truncated and Out of Context

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SMEAR: Barack Obama Won't Say The Pledge of Allegiance/Won't Put His Hand Over His Heart

LIE: Barack Obama won't say the pledge

LIE: Barack Obama won't put his hand over this heart during the pledge of allegiance

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View video of Barack leading The Pledge of Allegiance in the United States Senate

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It is unfortunate and sad that Obama or any candidate for any office should find it necessary to setup a website to deal with rumor control but such is the reality of the world in which we live. Check it out and sign up for the alerts. You can also help by not spreading falsehoods about Senator Obama no matter how truthful they seem.