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Authors of New Book on Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Release Chapter to Counter Kerry Claims
StreetInsider.com ^ | July 3, 2008 | To Set The Record Straight

Posted on 07/03/2008 10:30:26 AM PDT by Interesting Times

FALLS CHURCH, Va., July 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the Presidential campaign heats up, John Kerry and various members of the liberal media continue to wrongly use the term "Swiftboating" as a shorthand reference for false attacks on a candidate's record. Kate Zernike recently demonstrated the tactic in the New York Times:

"Swift boat" has become the synonym for the nastiest of campaign smears, a shadow that hangs over the presidential race as pundits wait to proclaim that the Swiftboating has begun and candidates declare that they will not be Swiftboated.

In To Set the Record Straight: How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry, authors Scott Swett and Tim Ziegler counter the implications of the "Swiftboating" meme in a heavily researched 400-page work that provides the first in-depth historical assessment of the impact of veterans on the 2004 Presidential campaign. "The 'Swiftboating' slogan is used by leftist politicians and members of the old media to smear the Swift Vets and other anti-Kerry veterans as liars. The truth is that they were effective because they supported their charges with evidence. A second goal of this tactic is to preempt any criticism of Sen. Obama and the other Democrats they are trying to elect - however accurate and relevant such criticism may be," said Scott Swett, the primary author of To Set the Record Straight.

The authors have made the book's tenth chapter available online. "An Incident on the Bay Hap River" (http://www.tosettherecordstraight.com/docs/CH10.pdf) is a complete account of the "No Man Left Behind" engagement - the centerpiece of Kerry's 2004 campaign. The event was featured at the Democratic National Convention and in millions of dollars of TV advertising. New witnesses include a former Forward Air Control pilot and the mission's Special Forces commander. The evidence overwhelmingly supports the Swift Vets' key contention: that Kerry's boat was the only one to leave the scene of a mine explosion, rather than the only one to return to rescue an officer in the river.

To Set the Record Straight is the definitive account of the ad hoc political movement that dominated the 2004 Presidential campaign. Based on hundreds of in-depth interviews with key participants and two years of meticulous research, the book tells the inside story of how a group of Vietnam veterans and their supporters delivered the explosive truth about John Kerry's military service and pro-Hanoi activism to the American public, despite the relentless efforts of old media gatekeepers to silence and discredit them.

Swett said, "In fact, John Kerry lost all the key debates in 2004. Since then, he and his supporters have tried to paper over his failure with sloganeering and empty promises of new evidence." He added, "The 2004 campaign can now be seen as a watershed in American political history, marking the first time that online forums and blogs were able to have a real impact on the national conversation. These new media outlets made it impossible for the liberal press to hide or dismiss what the veterans had to say."

"The Swift Vets have disbanded, but Kerry and the old media are trying to use the battle they lost in 2004 as a political weapon in 2008. It's revealing that when Sen. Obama's surrogates attack John McCain's military service, as they have done several times recently, that doesn't seem to qualify as 'Swiftboating'."

To Set the Record Straight is essential reading for those who care about politics, the media, current events or the U. S. military. The book can be purchased online at ToSetTheRecordStraight.com and at Amazon.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bayhapriver; campaignfinance; electionads; electionpresident; johnkerry; scottswett; swiftboatveterans
Here's the press release for our new chapter release. The thread we posted last night is here.

1 posted on 07/03/2008 10:30:28 AM PDT by Interesting Times
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To: Howlin; eddie willers; cajungirl; wirestripper; Southflanknorthpawsis; Peach; prairiebreeze; ...

A battling-for-history ping....


2 posted on 07/03/2008 10:31:50 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Hurtgen

well worth buying and reading.


3 posted on 07/03/2008 10:35:06 AM PDT by GreyFriar ( 3rd Armored Division - Spearhead)
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To: Interesting Times
"Swift boat" has become the synonym for the nastiest of campaign smears, a shadow that hangs over the presidential race as pundits wait to proclaim that the Swiftboating has begun and candidates declare that they will not be Swiftboated.

In NewYorkTimesWorld thats what it means. In the real world, its telling an inconvenient truth about a candidate, usually one he and the NewYorkTimes have worked to keep well hidden.

4 posted on 07/03/2008 10:40:41 AM PDT by marron
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To: Interesting Times
It's revealing that when Sen. Obama's surrogates attack John McCain's military service, as they have done several times recently, that doesn't seem to qualify as 'Swiftboating'."

It doesn't qualify under both definitions of 'Swiftboating'. To a conservative, swiftboating means to tell the truth about liberals. To a liberal, swiftboating means pretending conservatives are not telling the truth about liberals.

5 posted on 07/03/2008 10:40:48 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Interesting Times

BTTT


6 posted on 07/03/2008 10:44:10 AM PDT by E.G.C. (To read a freeper's FR postings, click on his or her screen name and then "In Forum".)
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To: Interesting Times

IMHO, the long suffering Viet Nam vets and their families defeated Kerry.

The Swift Boat Vets brought Kerry’s dismal record and his horrific lies before congress to the forefront.

We owe all VN vets and their families a debt of gratitude but the Swift Boat Vets opened the door to the truth.


7 posted on 07/03/2008 11:01:14 AM PDT by Carley
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To: Interesting Times
"To Set the Record Straight is essential reading for those who care about politics, the media, current events or the U. S. military."

Absolutely!

8 posted on 07/03/2008 11:09:46 AM PDT by BubbaBasher (No matter who wins, we lose.)
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To: BubbaBasher

Still waiting for J F’n K to collect his million dollar check from T. Boone!! (tick...tock...)


9 posted on 07/03/2008 11:19:35 AM PDT by catman67
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To: marron
I prefer this definition:* ‘swift-boat (v.t.) 1) :to tell the truth about a Left wing peacenik trying to portray himself as a war hero. 2) to expose Liberal hypocrisy and lies.
10 posted on 07/03/2008 11:21:15 AM PDT by Apercu ("A man's character is his fate" - Heraclitus)
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To: Interesting Times; All
Kerry Delete

Peaceful Jane

11 posted on 07/03/2008 11:24:52 AM PDT by musicman
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To: Interesting Times

Thanks for all your hard work. In a way, I wish Obama would pick Kerry as his running mate. I kind of miss watching the legend he created about himself fall apart as the truth was revealed by the vets who were there.


12 posted on 07/03/2008 11:27:04 AM PDT by mass55th
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To: Carley

I agree. All of us know what the Swift Boat Vets did. It is expected that the socialist media misinform to promote their agenda. Staying informed via alternate media is our only defense.


13 posted on 07/03/2008 11:29:00 AM PDT by caisson71 (Times change, values don't.)
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To: mass55th
I wish Obama would pick Kerry

We'd all OD on stentorian tones.

14 posted on 07/03/2008 11:49:04 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: dirtboy
It doesn't qualify under both definitions of 'Swiftboating'. To a conservative, swiftboating means to tell the truth about liberals. To a liberal, swiftboating means pretending conservatives are not telling the truth about liberals.

Interesting point. I was assuming a broader definition of swiftboating -- "saying anything liberals don't like."

15 posted on 07/03/2008 12:01:22 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: mass55th
Thanks for all your hard work. In a way, I wish Obama would pick Kerry as his running mate. I kind of miss watching the legend he created about himself fall apart as the truth was revealed by the vets who were there.

Me too, but I'm not sure Obama needs much help in Massachusetts. Or, for that matter, that Kerry would be much help in Massachusetts...

16 posted on 07/03/2008 12:02:48 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: HIDEK6
We'd all OD on stentorian tones.

Dueling bullfrogs. (cue "Deliverance" theme...)

17 posted on 07/03/2008 12:04:06 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Interesting Times; The Shrew

Great posting!


18 posted on 07/03/2008 12:46:36 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Interesting Times

Scott thanks for the post and pings.

When I am around liberals trying to blame 9/11 on America, and when they try to say our Swiftboaters were liars, I stop their rants immediately.

I tell them I have no room in my life for God Damned Liberal liars.


19 posted on 07/03/2008 1:08:55 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (America's Mugabe, the Obamination.will bring Mugabe Change to America!)
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To: Grampa Dave
I like to ask ranting leftists if they care at all whether the things they believe are really true.

Next time you hear somebody making noises about the Swift Vets, just hand them this.

20 posted on 07/03/2008 1:18:43 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Interesting Times

I am so glad you did this. i just read the new chapter. Well Done!!!


21 posted on 07/03/2008 1:31:40 PM PDT by Albertafriend
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To: Albertafriend
I am so glad you did this. i just read the new chapter. Well Done!!!

Thanks very much.

22 posted on 07/03/2008 1:38:36 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Interesting Times

Ping for great swiftness!


23 posted on 07/03/2008 2:50:35 PM PDT by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: The Raven

You might be interested in this new book.


24 posted on 07/03/2008 2:59:27 PM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: Interesting Times

Still waiting...... < Key the theme to Jeapordy >

25 posted on 07/03/2008 3:55:30 PM PDT by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: Interesting Times

Excellent! Swiftboating is a good thing. Exposing ugly truths about poseurs.


26 posted on 07/03/2008 6:00:21 PM PDT by TigersEye (Berlin '36 Olympics for murdering regimes Beijing '08)
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To: MarineBrat
Ping for great swiftness!

We really did set them up the bomb...

27 posted on 07/03/2008 7:10:57 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Interesting Times

Yes, this is battling for history. I’m reminded of the line in a hymn: “Join in the battle for truth.” I am glad you are in this battle.


28 posted on 07/03/2008 8:10:01 PM PDT by zot
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To: Interesting Times

Thanks for the ping!


29 posted on 07/03/2008 9:44:25 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Interesting Times

Hah-—they must be gearing up for “Swiftboating” Obama. When it comes out that he’s really a Marxist, they need to be ready.


30 posted on 07/04/2008 6:00:10 AM PDT by The Raven
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To: The Raven
Hah-—they must be gearing up for “Swiftboating” Obama. When it comes out that he’s really a Marxist, they need to be ready.

Exactly. They want to define all political criticism of Democrats as hateful and unacceptable. Lying about the Swift Vets is a useful way of accomplishing this.

31 posted on 07/04/2008 7:04:28 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: ETL

Ping.


32 posted on 07/06/2008 4:20:50 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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