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New Book Counters Clinton, Kerry, Media Claims About 2004 Presidential Campaign


Falls Church, VA, December 5, 2007 - Last week former president Bill Clinton, John Kerry and various members of the media once again used “Swift boating” as a shorthand reference for misrepresenting a candidate’s record.  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 that assertion in a heavily researched 400 page work that provides the first historical assessment of the 2004 Presidential campaign.


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 vets and their supporters delivered the explosive truth about John Kerry’s military service and pro-Hanoi activism to the American public, despite relentless efforts by old media gatekeepers to silence and discredit them.


Swett said, “John Kerry lost all the key debates in 2004 to the anti-Kerry veterans.  Since then, he has tried to paper over his failure with sloganeering and empty promises of new evidence.”  He added, “The 2004 campaign was 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 Foreword for the book was written by John E. O’Neill, the lead spokesman for the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth in 2004.  One chapter that underscores the impact of the new media on the campaign has been made available online at   “Rather’s Ruin and the Rise of the Pajamahadeen” tells how ordinary citizens with computers exposed the phony documents 60 Minutes used to attack George Bush’s National Guard service, effectively ending Dan Rather’s career at CBS News.


To Set the Record Straight also contains:







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 ( 


Scott Swett is available for interviews via the contact information above.



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