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Election 2008

Anti-Smear Tactics 2.0

Time magazine reports today that the Barack Obama campaign has come up with a new approach to dealing with Internet rumor-mongering: to take the rumors head on. The campaign today unveiled a website called "Fight the Smears."

The first few entries on the website take on some familiar rumors, like the one that Obama is a Muslim and the one that he doesn't put his hand on his heart or refuses to recite the pledge of allegiance. In each entry, his campaign presents evidence that it says refutes the rumor.

Snopes has looked into some of the same rumors.

We'll see if the site helps to douse some of the rumors or if it just fans the flames.