WASHINGTON - August 5 - The release this month of two books attacking Sen. Barack
Obama -- both of which have links to the 2004 smear book, Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out
Against John Kerry -- raises the question: Have the media learned from
mistakes made four years ago?
In 2004, when Sen. Kerry's military record drew
scurrilous and false attacks by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, media analysis of these
assaults was anything
but thorough or swift.
This year, we have already seen how irresponsible reporting and
a steady stream of conservative misinformation allowed erroneous perceptions
about Obama to harden in the minds of many Americans.
In the preface of The
Jerome Corsi compares his new book to Unfit
for Command, which he co-wrote.
The comparison seems apt: Just as Unfit for
Command contains false attacks on Sen. Kerry's military service, a Media Matters for America analysis of The Obama Nation similarly reveals
numerous lies about Sen. Obama.
Likewise, The Case
Against Barack Obama,
by author David Freddoso and published by
Unfit for Command publisher
Regnery, contains false
and misleading statements, beginning with the introduction and first few pages.
These volumes offer
the media an opportunity to demonstrate that they will do better than they did
four years ago.
In an effort to stay up-to-date on the latest Media Matters research on The Obama Nation and The Case Against Barack Obama, click here.
J. Jioni Palmer
National Press Secretary
Media Matters for America
(202) 756-4116 (office)
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