No, Swiftboaters -- the only ones who are dishonored by political swiftboating
are those that would stoop to belittle the wounds of others in the call of their country.
This fall, on the other hand, "Eeeeeeverybody expects the Swiftboating.
The 2004 presidential campaign left the term Swiftboating to describe a highly evolved communications strategy involving enormous expenditures--by insulated front groups--on television ads containing audacious attacks sure to be covered by the news media.
This fall, Johnson also is supporting something called "The Patriot Project," which is dedicated to outing swiftboating front groups and revealing their connections to allegedly uninvolved political candidates.
Johnson refers to a Wikipedia definition of swiftboating as "an ad hominem attack against a public figure, coordinated by an independent or pseudo-independent group, usually resulting in a benefit to an established political force.
Boyce said swiftboating plays on the "he said/she said" dynamic of news coverage and the information overload that overwhelms many citizens.
In another blog post, he wrote, "So why does swiftboating work?
And when they are caught in the headlights of an actual interview by a real reporter with background knowledge, they have learned to employ stupid pet tricks such as swiftboating, smearing, impugning and so forth.
How long, for example, should the swiftboating of presidential candidate John Kerry have continued after the facts underlying it had been found false?