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. Ken

    What a joke! Is Kerry looking to be on the ticket? Let's get real!

    The only way that Obama is going to win is if he places Hillary Clinton on the ticket.

    Better yet, have Hillary Clinton put her name in for nomination and the delegates vote for her to be our next President instead of Obama.

    Clinton/Obama 2008

    August 13, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Before Americans know the truth many more shooting will take place.

    August 13, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Mike - Texas

    Have any of you read Obama Nation???

    It is filled with FACTs and has over 600 references to it back up .

    And I checked a bunch of them, and they are real.

    I dare you to read it.

    You'll think differently when your done.

    August 13, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Fact is Fact

    Read "A Case Against Barack Obama". That book tells it like it is.

    August 13, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. dollorbil

    Good for Kerry. I wish he was running we could use him right now. I think a lot of people now realize they voted wrong last time. John would make a good president. I am talking about who would be good for the average american. Not the fat cats who will do everything to keep their boat afloat.

    August 13, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Tammie

    Sen. John Kerry reporting for duty – did he salute yet?

    PLEASE let Sen. Kerry be Sen. BO's Veep pick – !

    August 13, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. /elizabeth samford


    August 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. old gezzer

    Kerry wouldn't know the truth if it bit him on the posterior!

    August 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. David

    My family has always voted Republican. This year that streak ends. I'm am so sick of this high-school level campaign of McCains. We are NOT ALL IGNORANT DOLTS!

    August 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Tammie

    Sure are some very hyper-defensive Dems around here – y'all take yourselves too seriously – lighten up and get over it!

    August 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. Sharon in TX

    I'm currently watching CNN's Situation Room. Is it just me or does Senator Clinton supporters, Paul Begala, James Carville, Hillary Rosen, undecided superdelegate Donna Brazille, etc., do an absolutely horrible job speaking on behalf of Senator Obama and his campaign? I've watched day after day, week after week, since the GE began; and IMHO, they have been a COMPLETE FAILURE! CNN, time to update your "best political team on TV" with NEW Obama supporters, such as Chris Cafinis (sp?) (former Edwards supporter), and Democratic analysts!!!

    August 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Lance

    This would only be worthwhile if it fought for the truth on both sides of the aisle. Of course I'm sure there is no section on this webpage that discusses how Obama had to change the definition of what lobbyist money is to claim to be free of lobbyist money.

    Just another site for the ignorant to go to where their own believes are reinforced.

    Please ppl use non-partisan "truth" sites. Try which I think is one of the best.

    August 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Peter Nevins

    McCain=MORE WAR
    McCain=MORE DEBT

    August 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Barack the Tele-promp-ter Messiah

    Let's see... Obama wants to conficate (at gunpoint) wealth and property from successful Americans and successful corporations and redistribute it to others of his choosing.

    What part of that is a lie? Hells bells, it's the central platform of the modern Liberal Democrat party.

    My grandfather, a once proud Democrat, would roll in his grave if he saw what has happened to his party. It's sad when the patron saint of the Democrat party, JFK, would no longer be welcome in his own party.

    August 13, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. FACT CHECK!!!!

    Jerome Corsi a rotten low Life SCUMBAG!!!I saw him Talk with Sean
    Hannity with his Thumb Sucking Lying Just becuz ___

    August 13, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. v.a.

    guess he learned from getting smeared in '04. at least he's trying to help... even though he's boring as all hell.

    August 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. IAMWMD

    Made another donation today and I hope every cent goes to fighting the repug's slander machine.

    Change 08

    August 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Eric, Washington

    It is worth to read the book and know more about Obama.

    August 13, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Dan

    All Republicans have left now is hate, fear and lies.

    August 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Phil in KC

    One well known author writes a book, so Kerry decides to fight it with a web site? I applaud his motives and his efforts, so far as they go. But, unless you hit the Sunday morning news circuit and debunk the major claims in a very public way, it wll be too little too late.

    August 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Bill Mac

    John Kerry–ran a poor Presidential campaign, lied about his "actions" in Vietnam, and stood by liars in his Vietnam Veterans Against the War "tour". His organizing this web site could be the best possible news for the McCain camp. On the one hand, a true Vietnam hero, and on the other, .....

    August 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Sharon in TX

    Update to previous submission, August 135h, 2008 5:06 pm ET:

    "CNN, time to update your "best political team on TV" with TRUE Obama supporters ... and NEW Democratic analysts!!!"

    August 13, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Ron Democrat turned independent

    no bias no bull add a comment as long as you don't talk about obama's past or mention him not buying his kids Christmas or birthday gifts because Muslims have the same beliefs. or any other fact that as previously been aired by CNN but now seems to interfere with advertising money spent by the obama campaign

    August 13, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Terry

    Yahoo!! What the GOP really needed was KERRY launching a website to fight Obama rumors!!!!! Even you kool-ade drinking Obamkins have to see the humor and irony in THIS one!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. McCain is a senile old bag

    How sad these websites have to be created. This tells you something about how we vote and how gullabe we are as a nation. We're idiots! McIdiots wife has a sprained wrist and we call it news.... Obama went to school in Indonesia, he can't be all American then. The word Liberal which derives from Liberty (freedom) was made to sound un-american. Questioning your government and holding it responsible is one of the pilars this country was built on, now it's unpatriotic...
    Let's get a grip! Let's love our country and eachther more than we have the last 8 years. Stop fearing the unknown, be proud again and be the world's biggest friend iso bully.

    Can we FOR ONCE vote with our brain?

    Obama, without all the literally century old policies of his rival, really is our way out of this mess and back to our basics.

    August 13, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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