Like many other Kerry supporters I was shocked at how pathetic the media coverage was during the summer of 2004 as the Swift Boat liars made up charges sank Kerry's momentum heading into the fall. While some faulted Kerry for not responding (which was not true, his ship mates and surrogates where out in force answering lies with truth) the real issue is that the swifties were able to lie without consequences and the media repeated each accusation over and over verbatim, without regard to the facts.
Kerry is making sure this won’t happen again and making sure the record is set straight. His staff is compiling a case to refute each claim and one wonders if they may be thinking lawsuit in the future. If the media won’t do its job then maybe the law will.
For more read: Kerry Refuting Swift Boat Lies, Again