Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Oh Swift Boat Veterans, How We’ve Missed You!

The group that worked to sink John Kerry’s ship in '04 has made a rather timely entrance into the 2008 election. But really, what would an election be without specious and baseless attacks from our dear calculating friends the Swift Boat Vets?

Jerome Corsi, co-author of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, which contains false attacks on Senator John Kerry's military service, has a new book attacking Senator Barack Obama. His latest book, The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, was released this month with the sole goal to “defeat Obama.” In a NYT oped, Corsi states that “an Obama presidency would lead us into an ‘Obama Nation’” and paints him as a black radical on the low.

The Obama Nation has debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times' hardcover nonfiction best-seller list. Media Matters for America has already found two falsehoods in Corsi's Obama book and it has been challenged as misleading since it made its debut earlier this month.

The question is: Will the media play brain dead once again when addressing these attacks? Have they learned from the 2004 election and give immediate scrutiny to Swiftboat Vets claims? If the media has fallen head over heels with Barack as the right seems to think, than will they come to his defense? Only time will tell.

And because anti-Obama books are all the rage on the right these days, a second book has emerged on the scene, with the same goal and by the same publisher. National Review Online writer David Freddos has recently released The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media's Favorite Candidate.

On a positive note, Barack Obama, author of the million-selling "Dreams From My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope," has announced a first printing of 300,000 for his new policy book. A compilation of speeches and policy statements by Obama and his campaign staff, "Change We Can Believe In," had reached the top 75 on by Monday evening, less than a day after The Associated Press reported the book would come out in September. In other good news for the Obama campaign, Reverend Wright’s daughter now says that he will NOT release a book in October (happy dance!), as previously reported.

If you're looking to get riled up, check out Jerome Corsi's interview on Fox News. Warning: This video may cause you to throw a book at your computer screen. I watched the ridiculousness so you don't have to.

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