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In Distraction 2004

October 14, 2004

An Open Letter to Sinclair Broadcast Group

ReverseVoteSwap.org, the nation's premier Reverse Vote Swapping service, would like to add its voice to the chorus of outrage at your decision to broadcast the "documentary" Stolen Honor on your member stations. This is a transparent and unethical attempt to influence the upcoming presidential election and disrupt the campaign of the only serious alternative to George W. Bush.

Stolen Honor drags out decades-old material to try and prove that John Kerry turned his back on patriotism and the military's iron discipline when he retuned home from Vietnam to campaign against the American war in that country. By bringing up these passè events, you are obviously trying to make Senator Kerry out to be some sort of principled anti-imperialist, when you must know that nothing could be further from the truth!

It is true that Senator Kerry committed a righteous and brave act by speaking out against that criminal war, but this was truly unavoidable. In the topsy-turvy political scene of the 1970s, even an arch-opportunist like Kerry could not have built a career without opposing the Vietnam adventure. Many viewers, especially younger ones, will not properly understand the context of Kerry's actions and will likely conclude that Kerry is the sort of person who will end the occupation of Iraq, which of course he is not. This misconception will surely pull votes away from Ralph Nader, the only genuine anti-war candidate.

This cynical attempt to inflate Kerry's anti-war credentials must be the newest low in the attack on Nader. For shame!


Posted by convener at October 14, 2004 10:59 PM