To Set The Record Straight
How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the
New Media Defeated John Kerry
by Scott Swett and Tim Ziegler
Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential bid became the catalyst for an unprecedented political movement by Vietnam veterans who had long resented his false 1971 testimony that American troops routinely committed war crimes.
Despite the best efforts of the Democratic Party and its old media affiliates, they succeeded in reaching out to the public and turning the presidential campaign upside down.
Here, for the first time, is the complete story
of how - and why - they did it.
Praise for To Set The Record Straight:
"...scrupulously documents the most dramatic story of the 2004 campaign." - Power Line.
"...a remarkable and painstakingly notated historical account of the cultural war that coursed beneath the 2004 presidential election." - Human Events.
"...brilliantly and accurately shows how the patriotic and courageous Swiftboaters told the truth about John Kerry when the mainstream media wouldn't." - B.G. Burkett, author: Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation was Robbed of its Heroes and its History.
"Anyone who truly wants to go behind the scenes of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth will have to start with 'To Set The Record Straight'." - Capt. George Elliott, USN (ret.), John Kerry's former commanding officer in Vietnam.
"Outstanding." - John O'Neill, lead spokesman, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, author: Unfit For Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry.
"Make sure you order a copy of To Set The Record Straight." - Michelle Malkin
Learn the truth about the "Swift boating" of John Kerry by veterans during the 2004 presidential campaign
During the Vietnam War, the original television networks and the leading liberal newspapers were near the peak of their formidable persuasive powers, able to dominate public opinion to an extent difficult to imagine today. In an age without cable news networks, conservative talk radio or the Internet, they were the only game in town. What these organizations chose to cover became news, and what they ignored did not. They used that power to instill Kerry's false portrait of American veterans as misfits, drug addicts and baby killers into the popular culture.
When John Kerry made his service in Vietnam the cornerstone of his presidential campaign during the 2004 election, the wounds he had inflicted on millions of Vietnam veterans were re-opened. Many could no longer be silent while a man who had repeated the propaganda of America's enemies rose to the position of Commander-in-Chief.
Kerry and his advisors believed that their old media allies would suppress any challenge to their version of what Kerry had done in Vietnam and during his time in the antiwar movement. It didn't work out that way.
To Set the Record Straight is the inside story of how an ad hoc collection of veterans and activists overcame their opponents' efforts to silence and marginalize them, and delivered the explosive truth about John Kerry's past to the public. It is a story of justice and vindication long delayed, of an insurgent assault on the old media by a new wave of online reporters, and of the long struggle of America's Vietnam veterans to finally make their way home.