Dog bites man: Patterico nails the LA Times on Murtha

posted at 9:52 am on August 17, 2006 by Allahpundit

A watchdog, to be exact. With the bite power of a pit bull and the tenacity of a terrier. And the silky coat of a collie, whose puppyish eyes you could just melt over.

He’s got them by the pants cuff again, although there’s not much there we didn’t already know. His real scoop came a few days earlier, when the Times’s reader rep responded to one of his e-mails by foolishly standing by their earlier story that it was General Hagee who had briefed Murtha before he made his first comments about Haditha on May 17th — even though the Corps has since said it isn’t true.

Now for the follow-up questions: did anyone from Hagee’s office brief Murtha before he said what he said on the 17th? And if so, did they do so at Hagee’s behest or on their own? Because if the latter, that’s not a briefing. It’s a leak.


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I actually believed that Patterico’s version of events was true when we started to see less and less of Murtha. It’s telling when the Dems’ go to guy for criticizing the war suddenyl stops appearing on TV.

JasonG on August 17, 2006 at 10:07 AM

Murtha. Who in their right mind wold elect this shmuck for anything. I guess America really is going to hell in a handbasket.

Shmo on August 17, 2006 at 10:17 AM

The Marine Corps motto is Semper Fidelis, always faithful.

Apparently Mr. Murtha has construed it to Semper Pandering….

Good to see him disappearing though, let’s just pray for his opponent in November so he can do a REAL disappearing act.

webproze on August 17, 2006 at 10:19 AM

That’s a good point, Jason. Congressman Senility has been rather scarce.

Has anyone seen any polling data for his race?

Pablo on August 17, 2006 at 10:38 AM

Something must be done. Our forefathers ARE turning in their graves. The absolute deceit being printed in many of our largest media outlets is disgusting and bordering on criminal. The ‘free press’ has been used as a tool to sway and confuse, either for personal gain or politicians futures, but not to tell the truth as it was designed. Power and huge money have inhibited the natural process where bad or shady companies dont survive from lack of support. Penalties and charges might be our only recourse to preserve this important part of America.
Slander seems to be something just talked about. I don’t know that part of the law well enough, but it seems to be criminal actions are going unpunished.
How can we let this go on… we just can’t.

shooter on August 17, 2006 at 10:59 AM

Murtha. Who in their right mind wold elect this shmuck for anything

Steeler fans thats who!! Next time I get in a smack chat with a Steeler fan he’s getting a heavy dose of “Well at least Charger fans put Bilbray in office!”

Theworldisnotenough on August 17, 2006 at 11:01 AM

I prefer to have Murtha front and center for the next few months, displaying the cowardice cut and run tactics embraced by the Democrat looney-birds.

People like Murtha, Sheehan and Dean, unknowingly remain the gifts that keep on giving to the Republican Party.

The outcome from the “UN mandated” cut and run policy shoved down the Israeli’s throat might offer us a barometer on the merits of Murtha’s foolish perspective.

Hope you’re paying attention Murth, Cindy and Howie.

fogw on August 17, 2006 at 11:02 AM

No polling data yet, just re-iterations of Kerry narrowly winning the district by 51 vs 48. That means to me that: a/ people are in the looking-at-tea-leaves stage or b/ both sides have polls of which neither is proud [the incumbent finds a shockingly narrow gap vs previous campaigns; the challenger wants to be able to show an even narrower gap to get resources for the final months].
Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go to the little room down the hall and take a murtha.

Lamonte Thomas on August 17, 2006 at 11:03 AM

Twould be nice if Irey could unseat that shmuck.

If nothing else, at least she appears to be keeping him too busy campaigning to avoid losing his seat to have time to go on TV and spread more propaganda.


RobertHuntingdon on August 17, 2006 at 11:11 AM

JasonG, you’re very wise – the anti-war ‘icon’ has disappeared. The lawsuit was a brilliant move!

If only the other anti-war ‘icon’ John Kerry would disappear as well. Teresa needs to resume talking to him one more time to remind him that he actually lost in 2004.

Entelechy on August 17, 2006 at 2:15 PM

Murtha is a buffoon. A loud-mouthed opportunist who wanted to further his career on the backs of our servicemen. He should be ashamed..but I doubt it.

labwrs on August 17, 2006 at 3:00 PM

I question whether or not he was a Marine.

gary on August 17, 2006 at 5:36 PM