Two-tour Green Beret Ted Sampley of the 2004 “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” is now targeting the Republican nominee with the group “Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain.” For some reason, Fox News is less eager to have him on the air than they were four years ago.
Ted Sampley was a member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth?? That’s news to me!!
I followed the link, and I think Excitable Andy misread the following passage:
Two-tour Green Beret Ted Sampley, who helped “Swift Boat” Democrat John Kerry in the 2004 presidential race, is now gunning for the GOP White House hopeful.
That’s hardly the same as saying that Sampley is a member of the Swift Vets.
Let’s dig a little deeper, shall we?
Here is a reprint of the original Swift Vets’ letter to Kerry, with a list of the signatories. Sampley’s name is not on there.
And Sampley’s bio describes him as a veteran of the Army — which would make it quite a trick for him to have been a member of the Swift Vets, which was a group of Navy vets.
It’s true that Crooks and Liars has called Sampley “Ted ‘Swift Boat’ Sampley.” And Ken Layne’s Wonkette has used the phrase “famous Swift-boater Ted Sampley.” Proof that Sampley is a Swift Vet? I’d say it’s more likely proof that Crooks and Liars and Wonkette are not particularly trustworthy web sites.
Yes, Sampley was a wild-eyed opponent of John Kerry’s, before he was a wild-eyed opponent of John McCain’s. That doesn’t make him a member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
Absent a shocking revelation inconsistent with the above facts, Mr. Sullivan owes his readers a retraction. I’m e-mailing him now.