August 20, 2004

Kerry camp wants Swift Boat Veterans' book banned!

From Drudge's front page, above the masthead:

The Kerry campaign calls on a publisher to 'withdraw book' written by group of veterans, claiming veterans are lying about Kerry's service in Vietnam and operating as a front organization for Bush. Kerry campaign has told that the publisher of UNFIT FOR COMMAND is 'retailing a hoax'... 'No publisher should want to be selling books with proven falsehoods in them,' Kerry campaign spokesman Chad Clanton tells the online mag... Developing...
I wonder if the Kerry camp would agree with banning Fahrenheit 911, along with Michael Moore's books, Richard Clarke's book and Joe Wilson's book...
UPDATE (5P ET): CNN is reporting that the Kerry campaign has filed a formal request with the Federal Elections Commission requesting that the Swift Boat Veterans' advertisments be pulled from the airwaves. The Kerry camp claims that the ads "violate the law" by including "inaccurate" information, and that they are "illegally coordinated with the Bush-Cheney campaign."
(More coverage at Outside The Beltway, Ipse Dixit, In The Bullpen & others)

Posted by mhking at August 20, 2004 03:14 PM

Didn't Disney try to ban Fahrenheit 911? The answer is yes.

Posted by: Nate at August 20, 2004 03:39 PM

There's making a business decision (nothing required Disney to distribute the film) and there another in trying to use the law to quash a film.

If I try to sell a manuscript to a publisher, and they don't take it... are they trying to ban my book? If I've got a book I've published, and I can't convince Barnes & Noble to carry it... are they trying to ban my book?

Banning/censorship is something governmental bodies do. Businesses are not required to publish or distribute everything that comes their way.

Posted by: meep at August 20, 2004 03:45 PM

Disney: Sorry, we don't want to buy it, but you are free to sell it to someone else for distribution.

Kerry: Americans should not be allowed to read this book.

See the difference?

Posted by: Mark at August 20, 2004 03:52 PM

Well, what the HELL happened to the FREE SPEECH that Johnny Four Months volunteered to protect when he was a young man and defended his Country?


Posted by: Sergeant America at August 20, 2004 04:09 PM


Kerry: Americans should not be allowed to read this book. And these 240 decorated war veterans must be silenced. (Please remind me again why I should be afraid of John Ashcroft...)

Posted by: Mark at August 20, 2004 05:29 PM

We really need to vote Dubya out. He’s clearly the worst American dictator since the 21 century. Ashcroft is a head of fearful secret police suppressing our right of the 1st amendment by patriot act. He’s spreading fear to mind-control us and make us soft. Ann Coulter is a reincarnation of Dr. Goebbels brainwashing us by her pen while Ashcroft and his oppressive police brainwash us by sword and handcuffs. The neocons Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz are warmongers and spreading imperialism around the world for oil and money. There is no president hated like this before by our allies. We need to vote for Kerry, so we can restore the confidence in international community, which has turned away from us because of Dubya. We love America, so let us show our patriotism through voting Dubya out, and kicking the neocons out from the White House will surely make America better. Clean environment, gay marriage, pro-choice, national health care will be possible if Dubya is gone. Dubya is hampering all the progressive side of America. With Dubya, of course America will degenerate and I have no doubt that no American wants to see that. To improve America, voting Dubya out is the only choice. Unite and vote for Kerry!

Posted by: lolito at August 20, 2004 09:58 PM

Lolito, that has to be the best parody of the Leftoons that I've seen in a long while. Thanks for the guffaw.

(Well, I do say that there's no parody like self-parody.)

Posted by: McGehee at August 21, 2004 04:33 PM

My college-student grandson told me yesterday that his classmates who have seen F911 say they will not vote for George Bush. Movies are cheaper than books, and reach the exact audience that politicians vie for: first-time voters. Ergo, Michael Moore's movie can impact more voters than the Swift Boat Veterans' book. The democrats are ahead in this stupid game. Why are they whining?

Posted by: Indigo at August 22, 2004 10:02 AM


Posted by: Eric Blair at August 23, 2004 09:12 AM

ann coulter cannot possibly be the reincarnation of dr goebbels.

yes she displays the same ignorant racism and bigotry as the late shitebag but she is no where near as intelligent.

Posted by: Nick Saunders at August 26, 2004 05:51 AM
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