September 9, 2004
On a powerful episode of Hardball, former POW James Warner swears that his Vietnamese captors intimidated him and threatened him with execution for war crimes based on John Kerry's testimony at the "Winter Soldiers" hearings. Chris Matthews pushes Warner repeatedly and brings on another POW (who says he was not similarly intimidated) and Ken Campbell (a vet who opposed the war, who says that Kerry only meant to blame the administration), and Warner stares them all down. Also on the show is Carlton Sherwood, the producer of the film "Stolen Honor." Sherwood and Warner clearly have a burning anger against Kerry for testifying that atrocities were committed "on a daily basis" in Vietnam. As the title of the film indicates, they feel Kerry deprived them of the honor they deserved for their service in Vietnam.