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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.