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. Horace

    To Kerry's ThruthFightingBack,


    August 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Harvey in Va

    He did BHO such a service when he endorsed him that he lost the state to Hillary. Kerry is old news and old stories. Time for him to be replaced by the new Dem running against him

    August 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Randy in MD

    "Are they going to highlight the portions of the book that are true as well? That would make the site more credible."

    I think Jim in SC says it all.

    August 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. thomas

    Politics is a dirty business because it was designed that way. Imagine if candidates could not campaign, but were forced to run on the merit of their accomplishments and leadership.

    August 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. George

    I think it more important to make the mainstream media realize that they can't repeat the mistake they made in 2004 by even hinting that these allegations are true. Make the lies the story, so that the network news leads with "A new book of lies about Barack Obama..."

    August 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Bayou Joe

    The Kerrys, Kennedys and Pelosis wouldn't know the truth if it hit them in the fact. All you have to do is read Obamas own book to know the truth about Obama. No one is making this up, it comes from his own words and statements during the primary campaign. That is the real Obama not the one that he is pretending to be right now.

    August 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. bob

    like anyone cares about his opinion.. and better still like he will be able to "help" BO bamas camp....

    August 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. Keith Reyes, PhD

    Hi John!
    Good move! Presidential elections are won in the media and by extreme right wingers like Rush Limbau, Lou Dobbs, Glen Beck and others. Their smear campaign in this instance is based on religious and racist bigotry. I will definitely be on your team!
    Keith Reyes, PhD.

    August 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Peach

    Gosh - all these replies and still not one single post with substance . You know - something like telling us exactly what lie Corsi has told about Obama. Oh, can't do it? I'm not surprised.

    August 13, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. energy

    Give the job and responsibility to another Democrat, LOSER! Kerry reminds us the best a candidate LEFT of Carter can do. Actually, please, John Kerry, stop hurting Obama. You have no morals. Marying the wife of your friend is not leadership at all. That is why you lost!!

    August 13, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. sb realist

    This is obviously an attempt to slander and discredit the author of a wonderful new fictional novel about a person trying to get into the White House.

    It's just a coincidence that his name is the same as the true leader that will be our next president. Maybe its to push book sales.

    August 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Barr '08

    Things younger than John McCain:
    Howdy Doody
    Area Codes
    FM Radio
    Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
    Automatic Car Transmissions
    His latest wife who injured herself SHAKING HANDS!!!

    Vote for a presidential candidate NOT endorsed by the worst president in American history!

    McCain was a traitor in Vietnam!!

    His foreign policies are based on Wikipedia!!

    Ask Cheney, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft how valuable experience is!!

    Get off my lawn!!!

    August 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. linda n carolina

    Now if they would only gag LIEberman and throw him out of his chairmanship.

    August 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. Laidetea

    Kerry that's a great deal. I know that will help out a lot.

    August 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. Bill Tampa

    Why is it, that noone is covering the cheating and adultery McShame committed, but the media is covering the Edwards affair?..and he's not even running for President. Also, did anyone ask McShames daughter why she doesn't incluude any of McShames kids from his previous marriage in her book?..Double Standards!!!!!..If Obama had committed adultery and left his wife previously, you bet your bottom dollar interviews would be happening everyday!!!!!!!!!!!....disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. deb in az

    i havent read this book but saw some of the interviews with this author.....he did not disclaim any of the writings in the book.......what i find so funny is that bho does not respond to this book for himself......why is old horse face doing it for him? cant he stand up for himself? what a joke this candidate is......a man with no judgement and you think hes presidental material? no he didnt support the war, well neither did i........i couldnt vote for or against it and neither could this joke of a candidate.....check your dates and get your facts straight about this man.......when hes pinned up against a wall all he and his campaign do is play the race card.......they have done it from the beginning . what will they do if iran or russia confronts us? call them racists?

    August 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Dimslie

    John Kerry betrayed his country. Nothing will change that fact. He would be a good running mate for the candidate who spent 20 years in an anti-American "church".

    August 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. Ron Nebraska

    Mr Corsi is an amoral crackpot who epitomizes what is wrong with our country when his books of lies and smears can get more media coverage than the investigation of the truth.

    August 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  19. Todd

    Fighting the smears is just a decoy. What they really want to do is take focus away from their actual platform, which is just mindless drivel.

    August 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. Citizen Wells

    That should really help Obama!
    The man with some of the least credibility in the universe,
    "fighting rumors".
    Obama has lied so much, how do you hit a moving target?

    August 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. GOP Terrorists have destroyed America

    More evidence that the Republicans are nothing but a bunch of dirty-dealing, lying, money-grubbing crooks. They have no honor and no shame, as long as they can keep pocketing our American dollars. I can't wait for the lawsuits and war crime trials to begin once idiot Bush and his GOP Terrorists are out of office. I hope President Obama has some good help to get rid of the stench in the White House once he's elected.

    August 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. Michael Visconti

    This should say it all
    Congress Military
    John McCain 26 years 22 years

    Barack Obama 143 Days 0

    August 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. Citizen Wells

    PS-I will debate John Kerry, Obama or anyone else
    claiming Corsi's book is full of rumors.
    For starters, check out the official Kenyan Govt response
    to Obama's trip in 2006.

    August 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. Rob indetroit

    Will the Clinton people shut the he– up and go away.

    August 13, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. steve

    Kerry has grown a set. After providing a beat down of Lieberman on MTP he has seem to have more of a vox veritas.

    August 13, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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