After a bit of furor, the dust has settled, and it has now become clear that the “Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth” ads are a complete sham. Shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, coming as it does from Republiconmen…
mediamatters.org/items/200408050007 has a very good assessment of the manipulation and lies behind the ads.
‘While the veterans attacking Kerry in the ad are veterans of the Vietnam War and may have served at the same time as Kerry, as The New York Times reported on August 5, the Kerry campaign noted that “none of the men had actually served on the Swift boats that Mr. Kerry commanded.” Adm. Roy F. Hoffman, one of the veterans in the ad, has even “acknowledged he had no first-hand knowledge to discredit Kerry’s claims to valor,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on May 6, “and said that although Kerry was under his command, he really didn’t know Kerry much personally.”’
Although the excellent NYTimes article is now in their $$ archive, you can check out the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article at jsonline.com/news/metro/may0 … rmat=print
Let’s see… Admiral Hoffman, one of the founders of the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth said: “He had absolutely no respect for the military. His idea was to get some medals and gild his future ambitions.” Oh, but then Hoffmann acknowledges he had no first-hand knowledge to discredit Kerry’s claims to valor and said that although Kerry was under his command, he really didn’t know Kerry much personally. What’s going on here? Hoffman pretends like he knows Kerry personally and then has to back down and admit that he has no idea what he’s talking about. Looks like we got ourselves a big ol’ pile of stinking Bushit… typical for the no-facts Republican set.
Far from being a non-partisan group, the Smear Boaters are led by hardcore Republicans… whod’ve guessed!? salon.com/opinion/conason/20 … ex_np.html
has a good piece on their leadership’s ties to the Republican Party. O’Neill was chosen by Charles Colson (of Watergate fame) to try to counter some of the damaging things Kerry was saying about what was going on during the Vietnam War.
O’Neill, far from telling the truth, can’t stop himself from lying on national TV. archive.salon.com/news/feature/2 … rry_smear/
So, now the main question is when will they issue an apology and start to pay compensation for the Smear Boaters’ false ads?