Swift-Boating Obama: A Conservative Obsession

Bill Berkowitz's picture

By the 2012 presidential race, swift boating, once the tactic of a juggernaut of media-savvy veterans, public relations firms and advertising agencies, multi-millionaires, radio talk show hosts and conservative pundits galore, ultimately devolved into a bunch of row-boaters desperately paddling against the tide.

However, that didn’t stop Obama-phobes from savaging the president.

The Atlantic reported that “Veterans for a Strong America, a political action group led by Joel Arends, a lawyer and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, released an ad attacking Obama for exploiting the killing of Osama bin Laden.”

Judson Phillips, president of the for-profit Tea Party Nation, sent e-mail to his supporters, demanding Obama “release [his] medical records to prove he’s not a drug addict who smoked crack and had gay sex with a lifelong con-man.”

Conservative propagandist Dinesh D’Souza, produced 2016: Obama’s America, a movie that savaged Obama on a number of fronts, was roundly panned by most critics, yet drew conservative audiences and became the second largest grossing political documentary of all time.

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