Please! The media blacked out the SB Vets! There was more Anti-Bush stuff flowing in from Move-on and all the Ne-Nazi wing of the Democraps then from our end. Kerry lost because he had no ideas and changed his mind more than a woman!
I contributed to the SBVFT three times so that they could get their message out. Their ads were very effective and had a major impact on the campaign. Kerry went into virtual hiding for almost a month refusing to answer the SBVFT charges. The cable news programs gave the SBVFT some substantial airtime, mostly to try to discredit them. The major newspapers like the NYT and WP also ran major stories on the SBVFT charges.
The SBVFT was a 527 like Moveon.org. President Bush and McCain were not supportive. The WH called for an end to all 527s and refused to criticize Kerry for his war record or his anti-war activities. In fact, McCain was downright hostile to the SBVFT calling them dishonest and dishonarable. The SBVFT was like David going against Goliath (Moveon.org) in terms of funding. Yet, they were effective because of their well-constructed ads and the people who participated. Essentially, Kerry's entire chain of command and his fellow officers (save a few) made a compelling case that Kerry was Unfit for Command.
Despite all his baggage, Kerry barely lost. He received more votes than any Presidential candidate in history except for Bush. Kerry received 8 million votes more than Gore. The SBVFT were the difference.
" Please! The media blacked out the SB Vets!"
You're wrong. The SB Vet ad was aired on many stations throughout the country---without pay as a news story. It made the difference in a close election.