Skip to comments.Filmmaker sues Kerry over documentary
Posted on 10/05/2005 5:45:33 PM PDT by proud_yank
Filmmaker sues Kerry over documentary
By MARYCLAIRE DALE
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 Posted at 6:14 PM EDT
Philadelphia — A filmmaker has sued Senator John Kerry and a onetime campaign aide, saying they defamed him as they sought to block the broadcast of an anti-Kerry documentary during the 2004 U.S. presidential election.
The lawsuit, filed this week on behalf of producer Carlton Sherwood and a Vietnam veterans group, is the latest salvo in the battle over the documentary Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal.
The film contends that Kerry's antiwar activities when he returned from Vietnam caused further harm to captured U.S. soldiers.
The Sinclair Broadcast Group, which as of last year owned 62 TV stations that reached a quarter of all U.S. households, cancelled plans to air the documentary during the razor-close Bush-Kerry race last fall and instead showed only portions of it as part of a broader program.
The Democratic National Committee had complained that Stolen Honor amounted to an illegal in-kind contribution to President Bush's campaign, and Kerry's campaign asked for equal time.
Sherwood's suit alleges that Kerry directed the DNC to issue a statement that falsely said the film was produced and funded by “extreme right-wing activists.”
The film was funded only by Vietnam veterans from Pennsylvania, according to Sherwood, a Harrisburg resident who served in Vietnam. He and a combat veterans group called the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation filed the federal suit in Philadelphia on Monday.
The suit charges that Anthony Podesta, who ran Kerry's campaign in Pennsylvania, called Sherwood “a disgraced journalist” and “Bush hack” in a widely circulated e-mail.
A Kerry spokesman suggested the suit was designed as a fundraising tool for the veterans foundation and others.
“This is simply more of the same smears and sleaze against a decorated Vietnam veteran from more of the same serial liars who disgraced themselves in 2004,” spokesman David Wade said.
“It's too bad the truth doesn't matter to the right wing when there's a chance to fundraise based on outright falsehood and slander,” he said.
Podesta did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
In July, the Federal Elections Commission rejected a complaint filed by the DNC, ruling that Baltimore-based Sinclair had not violated federal election law by running parts of the documentary.
Umm, EXCUSE ME!!!!!???
i want to sue Mike Moore
Good. Sue the hell of of him.
Any guess on how he would explain that one in court?
<< [Yet another girlyperson behind whom Kerry was hiding] suggested the suit was designed as a fundraising tool for the veterans foundation and others.
"This is simply more of the same smears and sleaze against a "decorated Vietnam veteran" [HaHaHaHaHaHa HaHaHaHaHaHa HaHaHaHaHaHa HaHaHaHaHaHa HaHaHaHaHaHa] from more of the same serial liars who disgraced themselves in 2004," spokesgirlyperson Davidess Wadess spewed.
"It's too bad the truth doesn't matter to "the right wing" when there's a chance to fundraise based on outright falsehood and slander," she said. >>
Ain't Psychopathological Projection Syndrome a bitch?
Gives the sick, evil, bastards away every darned time!
[And demonstrates beyond a doubt that 'Liberalism' is a psychosis. And a manifestation of evil]
What is the punishment for treason in this country? Stoning, shackles, mandatory step-aerobics course.....??
For Moore, it's a life restriction of NO PANCAKES AND CHOCOLATE CAKE!!!
What the left wing does to the right wing when the right wing is disarmed.
Don't think for a minute that the Kerryites wouldn't love to emulate thier buddy Fidels goons and do the same to us.
He has plenty of money that won't hurt him, take his donuts that'll kill him.
What has happened to that other documentary that's been out...IN THE BUBBLE or something? I read about it for a day...and then POOF, it was gone!
Have you seen the lastest Cindy pict ures? She's sitting under a tent while a beautician works on her hair. Guess they can't do much about the rest of her.
Almost 300 days after he promised on TV to do so.
He released his records only to Michael Kranish, who was simultaneously a Kerry staffer and a Boston Globe reporter during the 2004 campaign.
Why won't he release them to someone who's, say, been in the Navy? (you won't find Navy vets, or any vets for that matter, at the Globe).
Criminal Number 18F
Bump to the top of the mast
Yes, it is, if he has any say in it. His above-linked speech is a beadwork of rambles. Scanning it reminds me why I was so sick of the "public discourse" (part of Gore's whine, above) during clinton's years: the top-drawer dems don't make much sense.
Then there's this precious little bit of gorewisdom:
As a result of these fears, safeguards were enacted in the U.S. -- including the Public Interest Standard, the Equal Time Provision, and the Fairness Doctrine - though a half century later, in 1987, they were effectively repealed. And then immediately afterwards, Rush Limbaugh and other hate-mongers began to fill the airwaves.
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