Sean Hannity hosted Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (SBVT) founder John O'Neill and praised his 2004 ad campaign attacking Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign. But the ad campaign praised by Hannity as "powerful" and "effective" was based on lies and distortions of Kerry's war record.
Following rumors that Kerry may be appointed as secretary of defense, Hannity hosted O'Neill on the November 15 edition of his Fox News show. Hannity played one of O'Neill's 2004 ads, which accused Kerry of lying about his service in the Vietnam War, and called the ads "very effective" and "powerful." Hannity complained that the Swift Boat campaign has been "used as a pejorative by the left":
But O'Neill is not a credible source, and his disgraced ad campaign has long been exposed as based on outright lies and distortions of Kerry's record.
The New York Times asserted that Jerome Corsi's recent book smearing Sen. Barack Obama "raises pointed questions about Mr. Obama's history of drug use, his 'extensive connections' to Islam and his relationships with Kenyan politicians, among other things -- allegations that Mr. Obama's campaign and others have widely disputed." However, the Times did not point out that The Obama Nation contains numerous falsehoods that have been widely discredited and denounced by the media.
On Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, host Sean Hannity and Swift Boat Veterans for Truth co-founder John E. O'Neill attacked Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) for saying that a pending military report will show that U.S. Marines deliberately killed innocent Iraqi citizens during a November 2005 raid in Haditha. Murtha served in the Marines for 37 years prior to joining the United States Congress. Yet, while condemning Murtha for discussing the Haditha incident, Hannity did not similarly fault Fox chief White House correspondent Brett Baier, who earlier that day also noted the pending report.
On Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, co-host Sean Hannity and John O'Neill, co-founder of the discredited Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth, attacked Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) for saying that the American military presence in Iraq is helping to fuel the insurgency there, a position held by several U.S. generals conducting the war in Iraq.