Video: Hume smacks down Murtha; doesn’t know “what the heck is going on in the world”

posted at 12:22 pm on February 18, 2007 by Ian


Brit Hume smacked down John Murtha on this morning’s edition of Fox News Sunday. The Fox News host started his sizzling with “it’s time a few things be said about him.” Indeed. Continuing, Hume said Murtha is not “well informed about what’s going on over there [Iraq]” and he doesn’t have the “foggiest awareness of what the heck is going on in the world.”

Transcript:

HUME: That sound bite from John Murtha suggests that it’s time a few things be said about him. Even the “Washington Post” noted he didn’t seem particularly well informed about what’s going on over there, to say the least. Look, this man has tremendous cachet among House Democrats, but he is not — this guy is long past the day when he had anything but the foggiest awareness of what the heck is going on in the world.

And that sound bite is naivete at large, and the man is an absolute fountain of such talk, and the fact that he has ascended to the position he has in the eyes of the Democrats in the House and perhaps Democrats around the country tells you a lot about how much they know or care about what’s really going on over there.

WILLIAMS: He’s chairman of the subcommittee, House Appropriations. He’ll have a lot to say about what Mara was just discussing

HUME: A lot of it will be …

“Think” Progress claims Hume smeared Murtha and pulled out quotes Republicans have used in the past to “smear” him too. In 2005, John McCain dared to say Murtha was “never been a big thinker.” Oh. My. God. He did not just say that awful, awful smear. Do I even need to repeat the words Democrats have used to smear President Bush?


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Truth to Kooks!

zerodamage on February 18, 2007 at 12:25 PM

When FNS played the clip of Murtha stating that if we leave AQ will just go away was my Sunday morning red-meat. All PA 12th District voters should be FORCED to watch it.

Limerick on February 18, 2007 at 12:28 PM

how much they know or care about what’s really going on over there.

describes every leftist I’ve ever talked to about the war, or even terrorism in general.

lorien1973 on February 18, 2007 at 12:30 PM

Hume was speaking truth to coward.

thirteen28 on February 18, 2007 at 12:32 PM

I’m the one fighting with the Thick Progress people now. It’s maddening.

VinceP1974 on February 18, 2007 at 12:34 PM

And that sound bite is naivete at large

“writ large”

nice clip Ian.

coondawg on February 18, 2007 at 12:45 PM

Speaking truth to ignorance!

flipflop on February 18, 2007 at 12:46 PM

Murtha is becoming more and more like al Qaeda’s man in the Congress.

Maybe his rectum has re-deployed to his cranium?

profitsbeard on February 18, 2007 at 12:48 PM

Truth is only heard by those who understand truth. It is a shame that Murtha’s constituency does not cherish American Liberty enough to make wise decisions in who they send to DC.

Decoy256 on February 18, 2007 at 12:50 PM

Williams: Well, blah blah blah, excuse, blah blah…

Pathetic.

x95b10 on February 18, 2007 at 12:50 PM

THE OBVIOUS;
Our congress could be vastly improved with term limits.

Our congress could be vastly improved with a mandatory retirement age.

Our congress could be vastly improved by eliminating their special healthcare package. Let ‘em join us and the restraints they put on American citizens.

Our congress would be improved by eliminating their special retirement package. Let ‘em join us and the restraints they put on American citizens.

MOST OBVIOUS OF ALL;
No congressional reform will ever happen because our congress answers to no one. Not even the voters that put them in office. Why you ask? Because there are no consequences for inferior performance or radical corruption.

Griz on February 18, 2007 at 12:52 PM

I’ve got libophobia, they make me sick.

ekuspa40 on February 18, 2007 at 1:17 PM

If the left is calling Hume’s attacks on Murtha a “smear”, it’s time link to the definition of smear, a la Wiktionary:

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/smear

The third definition of the verb “to smear” is perhaps the most fitting in this context.

corbettw on February 18, 2007 at 1:24 PM

And by “exploring other alternatives,” Williams means “sloooooooow bleeeeed,” which ultimately ends in American loss – the self fulfilling prophecy of truly ignorant men and women.

Real f’ing heroic.

Good Lt on February 18, 2007 at 1:25 PM

As a Marine I have nothing but hate and discontent for Murtha. He not only dishonors the Corp but my Country. It is time for all the vets to voice their opinion of this person. Sorry, I can not call him a man.

Wade on February 18, 2007 at 1:29 PM

I wonder if John “Lonetree” Murtha, traitor, will ever appear on Fox News! Brit just body slammed the fool…

Zorro on February 18, 2007 at 1:31 PM

That’s right Juan Williams not everybody is as smart as Brit Hume, and not everybody wants America to win like Brit Hume, Murtha doesn’t, and clearly you don’t either.

Maxx on February 18, 2007 at 1:34 PM

Damn. Brit Hume should be held up as the ideal of what journalists should aspire too. Hard headed, clear thinking, tough questions and totally grounded in reality.

Iblis on February 18, 2007 at 1:38 PM

Love that entry corbett

DSkinner on February 18, 2007 at 1:39 PM

It would be very helpful if you could update this with a clip or transcript of the Murtha “soundbite” that Brit is blasting.

greggish on February 18, 2007 at 1:42 PM

Speak knowledge to ignorance.

shaken on February 18, 2007 at 1:47 PM

THE OBVIOUS;
Our congress could be vastly improved with term limits.

Our congress could be vastly improved with a mandatory retirement age.

Our congress could be vastly improved by eliminating their special healthcare package. Let ‘em join us and the restraints they put on American citizens.

Our congress would be improved by eliminating their special retirement package. Let ‘em join us and the restraints they put on American citizens.

MOST OBVIOUS OF ALL;
No congressional reform will ever happen because our congress answers to no one. Not even the voters that put them in office. Why you ask? Because there are no consequences for inferior performance or radical corruption.

Griz on February 18, 2007 at 12:52 PM

Griz…. PLEASE run for office, you got my vote !

Maxx on February 18, 2007 at 1:49 PM

In the Abscam tapes, Murtha said that he didn’t want to take the money right then. I’m thinking that he has taken some money from Arabs or Muslims somewhere since then. I get sick to my stomach watching him on TV.

And those commenters on Think Progress….a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Now. I gotta go clean the ‘baccer spit out of my truck and hang my Bible on the gun rack. Proud to be one of the conservative infidels!

TugboatPhil on February 18, 2007 at 1:51 PM

Well done Brit.

infidel on February 18, 2007 at 2:06 PM

Smear, huh?

No one does a better job of making Murtha look like a fool than Murtha himself.

He’s like a cartoon character that keeps spitting out more nonsense.

mesablue on February 18, 2007 at 2:06 PM

Juan is right. Not many people are as smart as Brit is.

Kevin M on February 18, 2007 at 2:10 PM

Juan Williams… no one call anyone a “surrender monkey” except you. You are trying to put a clearly racist term in the mouths of the Republicans. Why is it that you are not castigated for using racist terms while attempting to denigrate those opposed to your point of view? Can you imagine the outcry from the left if Brit Hume would have said “surrender monkey”. The Republicans have called you the “cut and run crowd” and that is an accurate description, don’t be trying to put “surrender monkey” in our mouths.

Maxx on February 18, 2007 at 2:13 PM

Juan will lie. Maybe not in this case but in many discussions this is true. That particular character flaw really offends Bret. But Bret is the boss and to expell an advisary that he hired and put into place would appear to the viewing public to exemplify a biased FOXnews. Of which Bret is not, as is well known throughout his peer group, despite occasional outbursts of his true conservative views. This puts Bret between a rock and a hard place with Juan. Before Juan realized this situation he was unnerved and defending every statement, sometimes with his out and out lies disquised as talking points. Now that he’s wise to the set he spouts incredibly inflammatory statements and insults the other guests routinely. Sometime soon someone is going to have to draw the line. Especially considering the panel’s own dis-belief as shown by the cutaway to Mara. The liberal viewpoint will get an undeserved sum of talking-point heads this week on Special Report due to Bret’s self-prescribed overcompensation for this outburst.

The man is America’s saint of the news business. If 25% of America’s broadcast news personnel had Bret’s integrity and wisdom America would have a free media instead of the propagana machine currently in place.

Griz on February 18, 2007 at 2:22 PM

That’s right Juan Williams not everybody is as smart as Brit Hume, and not everybody wants America to win like Brit Hume, Murtha doesn’t, and clearly you don’t either.

Maxx on February 18, 2007 at 1:34 PM

Indeed. I can count on one hand the reporters that are as smart as Brit Hume.

I realise that Juan meant that as an insult, but it is a statement of fact. Most people are not as smart or more importantly, most people are not as well informed as Brit Hume.

Jones Zemkophill on February 18, 2007 at 2:34 PM

You know how people can look like a particular animal? Well, I have always thought that Murtha is a dead-ringer for a hippo. Beady little close-set eyes, big, fat saggy, wrinkly face, a duh expression on said face, and a peanut sized brain. That’s Murtha all over.

Teal on February 18, 2007 at 2:38 PM

Juan Williams is actually a pretty nice guy, though I admit he makes me yell at the t.v. at times. He may have meant what he said about Brit. Be that as it may, I wish that Mr. Hume had been able to say this directly to that fat-head Murtha. THAT, I’d love to see.

Teal on February 18, 2007 at 2:42 PM

Griz, dead on with each point. I could not agree more.

The third definition of the verb “to smear” is perhaps the most fitting in this context.

corbettw on February 18, 2007 at 1:24 PM

I presume that you meant the fourth definition:

4. Commonly seen misuse of the word: To damage someone’s reputation by repeating factually accurate quotes they themselves have made in the past.

The left always wants to cry “smear” when caught by their own words.

Williams: “A war that is just taking us down, down, down.”

I guess he did not see (much to my surprise) the report on ABC evening news truthfully talking about the great recent successes in Baghdad. (Wonder if that reporter still has his job?) Of course, they closed with more car bombs elsewhere. They ignore good news all over Iraq and concentrate only on violence in Baghdad, then when it clears up, even if only for the moment, they pull out some “bad news” from elsewhere. Can’t let it appear that we are actually having an effect and perhaps seeing results already from the “surge”.

Not only is everybody not as smart as Brit Hume, they’re not as honest either, and that’s the bigger point. Just report the facts and we unsophisticates in “flyover country” can make up our own minds. When will the MSM ever figure that out? Not holding my breath.

IrishEyes on February 18, 2007 at 2:52 PM

I get the sense all the other panelists were quietly taking their spanking from Brit the Elder, and they needed it.

Each recognize clearly the truth of what Brit said, which is why they were quietly looking down, as if embarrassed.

Someone posted a comment somewhere how libs are like dolls. Pull the string and the same words come out.

Juan’s string then got pulled.

91Veteran on February 18, 2007 at 3:06 PM

Hume didn’t look offended when Juan said not everybody was as smart as him. Didn’t offend me, because it’s true.

JustTruth101 on February 18, 2007 at 3:25 PM

Brit is great but this should be coming from the Republican house “leadership”, not a news guy..

madmonaco on February 18, 2007 at 3:40 PM

Griz – I agree!
Hume is right on the money-
HOWEVER -Murtha’s power should not be taken lightly. I suggest a great book that details how a renegade Congressman from a small district in Texas almost single-handedly took down the Soviet Union (non-fiction)- “Charlie Wilsons War.” Oh, by the way – Wilson was Chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Like it or not Murtha has tremendous power and we will never really know how he uses it to his benefit.

iam7545 on February 18, 2007 at 3:41 PM

I get the sense all the other panelists were quietly taking their spanking from Brit the Elder, and they needed it.
Each recognize clearly the truth of what Brit said, which is why they were quietly looking down, as if embarrassed.
91Veteran on February 18, 2007 at 3:06 PM

That’s exactly how I saw it. Hume’s delivery was so grave and sober, I found myself leaning forward intently to catch every word. Then, to see the sober faces of the other members of the panel, it was clear he had affected them the same way, and he left the obvious implication unsaid, yet it hung in the air before everyone: The country is headed for pure disaster if we allow the likes of Murtha lead us in these dangerous times. Hume was controlled anger and he spoke the flat truth, and they all knew it. Williams looked foolish,petty and stupid trying to rebut that heartfelt observation with empty Democratic talking points. The contrast between depth and facade came out as glaring.

naliaka on February 18, 2007 at 4:03 PM

naivete writ large.

nice.

daveintexas on February 18, 2007 at 4:04 PM

Brit is the best!

He generally slaps Juan Williams around every Sunday which makes my day.
Maybe Murtha will have the gibblets ot show up on Special Report, but I doubt it. What a maroon! I’m surprised some real Marines have not laid the smack down on him long before now.

jdsmith0021 on February 18, 2007 at 4:24 PM

Williams: Well, blah blah blah, excuse, blah blah…

Pathetic.

x95b10 on February 18, 2007 at 12:50 PM

You beat me to it…….. teaches me to watch NASCAR….

PinkyBigglesworth on February 18, 2007 at 4:37 PM

Jackscam is nothing more than Pelosi’s mouthpiece while making sure the money keeps going to his special interests. Once that happens, all money comes back to his pocket ala campaign contributions. Hence, he has no real interest in what is really going on in the world.

oakpack on February 18, 2007 at 4:42 PM

Thank you, Brit.

Glynn on February 18, 2007 at 5:00 PM

Brit is saying what many too many others on the Hill–not to mention off–think but don’t have the guts to say our loud. Good for him.

And terrific post, Allah.

Also, I agree with the commenter on term limits and mandatory retirement rules. Murtha is a rat-around-the barn.

Webutante

Webutante on February 18, 2007 at 6:16 PM

Brit Hume is the smartest one on FNC. Juan not so much.

joeswampy on February 18, 2007 at 7:33 PM

Heh with apologies to the Wizard of Id

William Amos on February 18, 2007 at 7:36 PM

Darn it

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/964/lcrwiz070218sg0.gif

William Amos on February 18, 2007 at 7:36 PM

Another very simple question …

Why does it fall on Brit Hume to say this?

Where are all the elected Pubbie congressmen and their “leaders”?

Ooops … that’s two questions … but you already know the answer to the second one … “Hiding in the tall grass”

Lisa Condo on February 18, 2007 at 7:45 PM

Brit Hume sure has Murtha pegged correctly, ot that it will change the Left’s veiw of him. Don’t confuse the Left with facts or rational analysis, they already have their minds made up and are not interested in any views not consistent with their party line and propaganda.

omegaram on February 18, 2007 at 8:25 PM

One question: Who the f%@K coined the phrase slow bleed? Thats a fine stance to take with troops in harms way. It’s just another chink in troop moral. If you ask me the term was devised as a cold calculated dig at the troops. The troops who’s courage is immeasurable, the term dreamed up by people who’s collective courage could fit on the head of a pin! I got your slow bleed right here.

sonnyspats1 on February 18, 2007 at 8:28 PM

HUME: A lot of it will be …

Dotty. Meaning Murtha’s thoughts will be more brainless manure like his most recently spewed fertilizer.

Brit was obviously outraged, and passionately so, that a sitting congressman and House appropriations committee chair could be so STUPID. Would that other journalists could show such integrity. Would that the congressmen on the right could show such malkins.

Courage, Brit.

Freelancer on February 18, 2007 at 8:38 PM

Oh, and Williams sophomoric attempts to both apologize for Murtha’s moronic thoughts, and demean Hume’s righteous indignation over it, was worthy of Al Sharpton, not a national journalist. Why do you feel the need to take sides, Juan? What happened to journalistic objectivity?

As if.

Freelancer on February 18, 2007 at 8:40 PM

Brit is great but this should be coming from the Republican house “leadership”, not a news guy..

madmonaco on February 18, 2007 at 3:40 PM

AMEN!

SouthernGent on February 18, 2007 at 9:27 PM

The third definition of the verb “to smear” is perhaps the most fitting in this context.
corbettw on February 18, 2007 at 1:24 PM

Three is still ‘defining’ for all to see, but four is gone.

I wonder how far this accurate statement makes it on the MSM?

shooter on February 18, 2007 at 9:29 PM

I want to post a “heh”, but there’s nothing funny about this mess. Murtha is an ignorant boob, and Hume is quite right to call him out. That even Juan Williams comes back to confirm that Murtha can’t argue with Hume because he’s not bright enough is quite the smackdown, imao.

Jaibones on February 18, 2007 at 10:12 PM

Oh. My. God. He did not just say that awful, awful smear.

Heh.

Kralizec on February 18, 2007 at 10:14 PM

naliaka: I inferred the same exact thing as you described.

VinceP1974 on February 18, 2007 at 10:19 PM

Williams looked foolish,petty and stupid trying to rebut that heartfelt observation with empty Democratic talking points. The contrast between depth and facade came out as glaring.
naliaka on February 18, 2007 at 4:03 PM

He did, but what is telling about the left is how fast he pulled drivel out of his a$$.

Mara looked like a deer in the headlights.

91Veteran on February 18, 2007 at 10:50 PM

One question: Who the f%@K coined the phrase slow bleed?
sonnyspats1 on February 18, 2007 at 8:28 PM

It’s likely someone’s idea of “death by a thousand cuts”.

Mine, coined in 1991, is that Murtha suffers from a sucking head wound.

91Veteran on February 18, 2007 at 10:54 PM

Go Brit! You’re absolutely right. By every account of all Grandpa Simpson ever says in public, he demonstrates a mentality that fails to understand what’s happening in Iraq, or to what the consequences of a premature withdrawal would really be. Brit just called it like he saw it. As for Juan’s comments, well, tap his knee with a rubber mallet and his leg jumps. Always predictable.

thedecider on February 18, 2007 at 11:28 PM

Brit Hume is the best over at FNC, which makes him the best on cable or network news programs. We need more in the media stating how insane these democrats are.

If only our politicians were as smart as Brit.

Mallard T. Drake on February 18, 2007 at 11:28 PM

Brit Hume is FNC’s best personality. He also comes across as tough but candid about the news and the newsmakers, which is very refreshing.

I also like Juan Williams, but I believe him to be on the wrong side of the issue here. But no matter what anyone on the panel says, it is Congress who has to get up to speed on both the facts and figure out the best way in which to help the troops achieve victory.

Darn, I wish Brit would run for the Senate or something..

itzWicks on February 18, 2007 at 11:33 PM

Go Brit! Reality matters.

Mojave Mark on February 18, 2007 at 11:35 PM

Juan sounded like he went out drinking Koolaid with Colmns before the brodcast

abinitioadinfinitum on February 18, 2007 at 11:44 PM

If one of the republican presidential candidates would just sound like Britt and convince me he meant it, I’d vote for him. Too bad it’s just too hard for a politician to take a clear position in favor of his own country and hold to it. Guess they know they’re not as tough as Bush, and couldn’t take the relentless abuse that would follow.

NellE on February 19, 2007 at 1:22 AM

I am sure this will make all of the Sunday Monday shows…

PinkyBigglesworth on February 19, 2007 at 2:50 AM

Dan Rather would kill–or at least promote fake documents–to have the kind of gravitas that Brit Hume has. Unfortunately for Dan, he lacks even a shred of Hume’s integrity. I just wish Brit would get this angry more often, because his comments are dead on target. Juan Williams got spanked like a fussy 2-year-old.

ReubenJCogburn on February 19, 2007 at 2:51 AM

This clip reveals Brit Hume at his finest. IMAO, he’s the only news guy who’s really worth watching.

SpartRan on February 19, 2007 at 3:57 AM

Brit mopped the floor with everyone including Williams. He exposed the main fault of the Democratic Party’s arguments- “Lack of real front line information”. I challenge Murtha myself. I even give him a handicap – i am not quick witted. Murtha stands no chance, just like at his own town hal meetings.

El Guapo on February 19, 2007 at 5:08 AM

Unfortunately, the CNN/AP/Al Rueters Headline will be “Brit loses Temper and Bias”, instead of “Brit exposes Democrat double talk”

El Guapo on February 19, 2007 at 5:14 AM

GOD BLESS FOX NEWS AND BRIT HUME…murthascum is coward and traitor to this country…he says a lot for the people of the 12th district of pa…what morons they must be…

areseaoh on February 19, 2007 at 10:59 AM

I saw this and thought it was EXCELLENT! I wish old Juan would get the message that he and Murtha want us to lose and at least recognize their lack of their support for the troops.

Catie96706 on February 19, 2007 at 12:28 PM

Am I the first to say this?

Brit for President in ’08!

pistolero on February 19, 2007 at 12:45 PM

Hume smacks down Murtha

That’s not a difficult thing to do but, damn, he sure did it well!

RedinBlueCounty on February 19, 2007 at 1:26 PM

Brit was just champing at the bit to set Juan straight while he spoke. Advice to Juan: don’t lob softballs near Brit.

kevcad on February 19, 2007 at 1:38 PM

I’d still really like to hear the Murtha soundbite Brit was talking about. Can anyone point me to it somewhere?

greggish on February 19, 2007 at 1:43 PM

Troops response to Murtha:

We support the Congress, we just want to de-fund (and redeploy) Murtha.

faraway on February 19, 2007 at 1:44 PM

“Naivete writ large …”

Wow – now that was a smackdown. Poetic, almost. And you almost don’t notice just how damning Brit’s comments are, since he maintains that anchorman monotone throughtout.

He tore Murtha a gaping new hole.

“Dotty …”

That’s funny.

Professor Blather on February 19, 2007 at 1:49 PM

Chris Wallace looked like he was about to slap Juan for saying anything. Mara looks like Juan dropped a turd in her lap.

Brit should have ended the segment by saying, “Now, let’s have a moment of silence for the death of Juan’s integrity.”

BacaDog on February 19, 2007 at 4:28 PM

Just a little taste of what the genius commenters at Think Progress think about Brit’s “smear”

The White House said it was “baffling that he is endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing.”

Heh. It never ceases to amaze me how right wing americans look the political spectre. Michael Moore, a extreme liberal??? They must think Hitler was a moderate liberal.

Comment by Juan C — February 18, 2007 @ 10:21 am

Brit Hume, Not just mildly retarded…

Comment by corey — February 18, 2007 @ 10:24 am

Yeah, like Brit has a clue as to what’s going on over there. What an ass. How many times has Brit visited Iraq? None.

Comment by MrTimPA — February 18, 2007 @ 10:26

Rick on February 19, 2007 at 4:31 PM

Are the stupid clowns at “Think Progress” still claiming that Karl Rove was indicted over Plamegate?

georgej on February 19, 2007 at 6:35 PM

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