Democrat Barack Obama's campaign said Thursday that Michelle Obama never used the word "whitey" in a speech.
The campaign has created a new Web site to debunk rumors about the Obamas, www.fightthesmears.com. (see link below)
The rumor that Michelle Obama used the word "whitey," and that a videotape exists, has circulated on conservative Republican blogs for weeks and was repeated by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
Other false rumors confronted on the site are that Obama is a Muslim, that his books contain racially incendiary remarks and that he won't say the Pledge of Allegiance or place his hand over his heart.
The site repeats the innuendo, in some cases explaining where it comes from, debunks it and encourages people to give the campaign their e-mail addresses to "spread the truth."
We examine the "rumor" issue and its impact on both campaigns in Thursday's "Notes From The Newsroom" blog. We hope you will weigh in with your opinion.