August 13th, 2008
03:34 PM ET
14 years ago

Kerry launches site to fight Obama rumors

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Kerry’s PAC launched the site Wednesday."](CNN) - Four years after finding himself the target of a scathing campaign-year book from a conservative author during his own campaign, former Democratic presidential contender John Kerry is launching a Web site to discredit the writer’s latest work, which takes aim at 2008 presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

The move comes amid news “Obama Nation,” the latest book by author Jerome Corsi, has secured a berth atop New York Times best-seller list. Corsi previously co-wrote “Unfit for Command,” a book highly critical of Kerry’s military record during the Vietnam War.

Kerry’s new Web site, “Truth Fights Back” – which will be funded by the Massachusetts senator’s political action committee - resembles the “Fight the Smears” site Obama’s campaign launched earlier this year, and uses similar methods: a list of responses to existing rumors about the presumptive Democratic nominee, a form to report new attacks, and a request for supporters to add their names to an e-mail listserv that will direct activists on rapid response to future attacks on Obama and other Democratic candidates.

“We want people to know that truth, and that doesn't just mean the truth about the candidate being smeared, but also the truth about the smear machine,” says a message on the site. “We don't just want to ‘debunk’ rumors and smears; we want to show people what these smears are all about so they can recognize smears in the future. We want to educate people on why these are used and by whom.”

Kerry has expressed regret over his own response to attacks from Corsi and other critics during his own White House bid, telling reporters that he did not think he had responded swiftly or strongly enough.

"You can't just play defense against smears, pointing out how they aren't true,” said Kerry in a message to supporters Wednesday. “You've got to play offense, too, exposing the whole cynical game for what it is: an attempt to keep us from talking about the real issues and ultimately changing our country for the better.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John Kerry
soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. Ahmed Abouesh

    Mindless lemmings… Following a man who has no real ideas.

    His wife writes thesis papers on how she hates white people. Also admitted to hating America.

    His pastor is a racist and also hates America, Obama belonged to this church for 20 years.

    His former Muslim coordinator was tied to Hamas which is intent on destroying America.

    You follow a man who in 3 different(there are more) instances is friends with, married too, or hired people who HATE AMERICA.

    You people will regret your decision if this lying empty suit ever gets elected.

    August 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. independent now

    Kerry has no business launching a anti smear campain. He lost his campain. Rightfully so. I voted for him and wished I hadnt now. I will not vote for Obama no way. He lies he will do what ever and say what ever he has to to win. Hes flip flopped on everything. Any good ideas he has layed out recently have been Hilarys! I am voting for Hilary Clinton... Shes the best PERSON for the job. I urge you to do the same.

    August 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Rick

    Kerry really needs to tell the truth about his military adventures and escapades.

    August 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Cath

    Thank you Sen. Kerry....what do these lies have to go with our economy, the war in Iraq and people losing their jobs? These supposed "authors" put out these books so that vulnerable, non informed people will buy them!!!! Fox News does well in speaking the correct "talking points" they get daily from the McCain campaign....Sen. Obama truly wants change and people on the right don't want to change because they think if they stay in Church all day that God will give them whatever they sad for them...when thou doth protest too much, the reality will become apparent.

    August 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Go John

    I wish Kerry was running this time. He would make a better pres. than what we have to choise from now

    August 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Steven

    Im glad to see this. The Republican Lie machine needs to be challenge with THE TRUTH!

    August 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Bob Beckner

    As I've said in the past,what does Sen. McCain have to prove? Your de-grading him is nothing but hatred and you all are probably our next group of serial killers...GO McCAIN Bob Fl.

    August 13, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Raleigh

    Just when I think the Obama haters have sunk to the lowest of the low, they find ways to sink to even lower depths..Tell me, what is up with these people?

    August 13, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Amanda

    That book against Obama is a piece of trash. Simon and Schuster have nothing better to publish ? I won't buy it and I will vote Obama !

    August 13, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Milwaukee WI

    Anti-Obama web video that McCain campaign was sending out yesterday has a simple subliminal message of hate and not matter what they say they can’t explain themselves out of it. This is their dismally and depressingly dark way of turning “white-men” against Obama by showing white women who proclaim to adore Obama. Believe me as sick as it may sound they are counting on the ignorant and hateful resentments. Of course they have pulled the video out with their mission accomplished because for whatever it’s worth the damage has been done and that’s all that matters to the lowery ways of the GOP. You don’t believe it. It has very strong psychological effects; I lived it in Central Wisconsin 99% white as a minority all my self proclaimed white friends changed their attitude towards me whenever a white woman got close to me. Matter of fact “my friends”.

    August 13, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |

    Kerry for VP!

    August 13, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Michelle, PA

    Unfortunately, putting up a website people must seek out will not help. The kind of people who like hate-filled garbage like this book will never go to it, while the people who search it out don't need it. To work, something will have to be more proactive than hoping people who are not otherwise inclined to do so click on a link provided by somebody who doesn't agree with them. There are a dozen non-partisan fact-check sites that debunk this hate-filled garbage already, but that hasn't stopped it. Hate, hate, hate....America is full of it. Just look at these boards if you don't believe it. Now we are seeing true political hate crimes start to pop up in the US, because a church is "too liberal" or "liberals" lost somebody a job or "murderers" feed their own families with a job in a womens' clinic that may or may not provide abortions. What is happening to this nation is very, very scary.

    August 13, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Xavier---Virginia

    Nothing in Corsi's book is true. It's disgusting that Republicans get away with lying through their teeth and everyone knows that they are lying. They take pride in being the lowest form of scum on Earth.

    August 13, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. ClintonDem4Cynthia08

    The biggest cover-up is of Obama's Islamofascist connections, in particular his close relationship with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, whose other best buddy is Moammar Ghaddafi. Odinga calls himself an Anglican Christian, but signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Muslims leaders where he first declares that he is actually a Muslim (stating that Islam is the only true religion) then promises to impose sharia law if elected. (The agreement became public knowledge when Muslim leaders decided to brag about it in late 2007.)

    Given that Obama was raised Muslim (and has lied about it), the fact that his closest political confidant has been exposed as a secret Islamofascist ought to be front page news across the country.

    August 13, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Rob indetroit

    I am disgusted at what's in the book alot of rascist lines but what do you expect from repubs, scumbag corsi's book slam's Obama's mother for falling in love with a man from kenya, when will John MCcrazy denounce corsi and his "Filthy Book".

    August 13, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Al

    Smears and lies. How many of the contributors here have even read the book.

    August 13, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. My Friends, let me tell you,

    Limbaugh is the biggest swift boat of all.We have to go after his sponsors,they are the ones that keep him on the air waves.

    August 13, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. leon

    Kerry is a losser and an insider in Washingto together with Senator Kennedy adn good friends and supporter of Obama who has become another Washington insider moving away from his pretended inspirational positions. Obama is nothing more than a typcial politician formed in the corrupted school of politics from Chicago.

    I can't wait for Rev Wright to start his tour to promote his latest book. I hope and which on "change and hope" to finally see all the dirty laundry of senator Obama. He is as corrupted as his mentors in Chicago. His real colors are showing now.

    August 13, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. paulie_nj

    In an article here today CNN contributors describe Obama as – a little-known state lawmaker from Illinois, just 4 years ago. So we are going to trust our country to a man with this resume?

    August 13, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |

    Thank you John happened in 2004, but NOT THIS TIME !

    I am a evangelical christian and i DO NOT understand how a christian can vote republican !

    Lies, smears, dishonnesty. And pls, dont come and tell me that being against abortion and same sex marriage is the reason while tellin me killin people and lying to get the presidency is alright.

    i am Against abortion and same sex mariage based on my religious faith. And i live by these principle. This is a personnal choice that nobody can take away !

    However, we chose to base our society on FREEDOM. Everyone is free to choose their way of life. If you want to act againt abortion, start programs to help, and encourage mothers keep their child, helping them with food, diapers, baby-sitting... etc about the gay s their business a christian, pray for them !

    And i vote democrat because i beleive im my brother's keeper , not his judge! and i Beleive in justice and equality. God's word is against Racism, and taking from the poor to give to the rich is Against God's word ! The Word is against adultery. You cant leave your disfigured wife and your kids for beauty, fame and wealth....the word of God is about Fidelity, faithfullness and true Love !

    now you christian people, give me another good reason to vote for McCain. The republican label is sure not enough....

    August 13, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. ran

    we would not need these sits if the news media would do their job and research the facts and if not true not print the article or point out the lies in an editorial remark. Free speech does not mean you can lie ;but untill the media cleans up it's act , these sites are needed for now. SAD

    August 13, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. gary


    August 13, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. KHAL Houston,Texas

    Good move for the sake of truth....Man...forget all the nay sayers....strive towards all that is good.....Remember we all stand before the Almighty every day that we is the time...we must work for our forgiveness
    and remission of sins,...from the Religious Books, tested over many periods of time.

    August 13, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Rick

    Hmmm...John Kerry....John Kerry....oh yeah, he was the last loser the democrats threw out there. Ter-race-a must have given Johnny his allowance recently and isn't it cute how he decided to spend it?

    August 13, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Charlotte

    Why the need to fight back? He turned his back on his constituents and I hope he loses his senate seat.

    August 13, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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