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POLITICS: ISSUES : LEGAL ISSUES: The New Book Attacking Kerry's War Record: How It Defames the Candidate, and Why He Should Sue

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  • David P. Dillard
    POLITICS: ISSUES : LEGAL ISSUES: The New Book Attacking Kerry s War Record: How It Defames the Candidate, and Why He Should Sue The New Book Attacking Kerry s
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      POLITICS: ISSUES : LEGAL ISSUES: The New Book Attacking Kerry's War
      Record: How It Defames the Candidate, and Why He Should Sue

      The New Book Attacking Kerry's War Record:
      How It Defames the Candidate, and Why He Should Sue
      By JOHN W. DEAN
      Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004
      Findlaw's Legal Commentary
      <http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20040831.html>

      Vietnam swift boat veteran John O'Neill has picked up just where he left
      off in his 1971 debate with presidential candidate Senator John Kerry.
      O'Neill has joined with some of his former Navy comrades to oppose Kerry's
      candidacy. But this time, O'Neill is interested in a different kind of
      debate. It is called mudslinging.

      The Swiftees-- as these Navy veterans like to call themselves -- have
      launched a series of vicious negative campaign television ads. The ads are
      meant to complement O'Neill's book Unfit For Command: Swift Boat Veterans
      Speak Out Against John Kerry.

      O'Neill's coauthor is his old friend Jerome R. Corsi, an experienced mud
      thrower whose prior targets have been the Pope, Jews and Muslims. In Unfit
      For Command, they repeat many of the 1971 charges - and add more from
      other Swiftees. To assert that these stories are biased, one-sided,
      distorted, and incomplete would be overly kind.

      Will the book do what its authors hope - and help George W. Bush in the
      election? I doubt it. This is exactly the type of campaign activity that
      turns off more voters than it turns on, as shown in Stephen Ansolabehere
      and Shanto Iyengar's insightful book, Going Negative: How Political
      Advertisements Shrink & Polarize the Electorate.

      How should Kerry deal with the attacks? He should take a page from the
      playbook of the last U.S. Senator to receive his party's presidential
      nomination: Barry Goldwater, in 1964. Goldwater suffered the same type of
      attack, and set a precedent as to how to counter it: Sue.

      Never has a book been more deserving of a defamation lawsuit. And Kerry
      has several reasons to sue. One is to put these false claims to rest
      forever. The other is to deter future, similar claims.

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      The complete article may be read at the URL above.


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