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Grapevine Whine - The Murtha Plan

Reported by Nancy - December 9, 2005 -

On Wednesday night (12/7), Brit Hume used the second "picking" on his Grapevine segment in an absolutely brilliant display of some of the most devious tactics Fox typically uses to convince viewers that "up" is "down." In this instance, the target was the so-called "plan" suggested last month by Rep John Murtha (D-PA) for redeployment of US troops currently in Iraq.

Here's how Hume read item #2:

Even before today, Democrats were complaining that Rep. John Murtha's plan to remove troops from Iraq has been mischaracterized for political reasons, saying the Pennsylvania Democrat never proposed an immediate withdrawal. In fact, in announcing his plan last month, Murtha said his plan would immediately redeploy US troops, adding, "It is time to bring them home." He said some troops should be rebased in the region with a Marine force over the horizon. A few days later, he made clear that by that, he meant outside Iraq.

Comments: This is so good it deserves a detailed analysis, so let's put on our fancy thinkin' caps & tease out all the not-so-subtle implications.

Even before today
See? They do it ALL THE TIME! But I'm not going to be specific about when.

Democrats were complaining
They're such whiners! But I'm not going to be specific about who.

that Rep John Murtha's plan
Yes, we've upgraded his suggestion to a plan -- since we GOPs don't have one of our own.

to remove troops from Iraq
Can you say "cut & run"? I knew you could!

has been mischaracterized
Those Dems always use big high-falutin' words

for political reasons,
Can you say "partisan politics"? I knew you could!

saying the Pennsylvania Democrat
Remember: Murtha is a Dem. Forget: Murtha is a decorated combat vet who probably knows what he's talking about.

never proposed an immediate withdrawal.
Didja notice that I still haven't said which Dem supposedly said this? So no one can turn around & claim they didn't say it? Brilliant, isn't it?

In fact
Listen up, the next part is TRUE

in announcing his plan last month
See? It really is a plan!

Murtha said his plan
See? It really is a plan!

would immediately redeploy US troops,
Can you say "cut & run"? I knew you could!

adding, "It is time to bring them home."
Doesn't he sound just like that traitor Cindy Sheehan?

He said some troops should be rebased in the region with a Marine force over the horizon.
Can you say "cut & run"? I knew you could!

A few days later, he made clear that by that, he meant outside Iraq.
But I'm not going to be specific about what he actually said, or when he said it.

Of course, that's not all Murtha said, but for Hume's purposes, those few phrases are all that matter. Viewers who are already ill-informed will have assimilated the essential Bush administration talking points that Hume so cleverly echoed:
1) Dems can't agree about anything
2) Murtha's plan is the equivalent of "Cut & Run"
3) Those whiny, complaining Dems never have a real plan for anything.

If you'd like to complain to Fox about this, email: special@foxnews.com

NOTE TO READERS: Please stay on topic (Hume's skills as a propagandist). O/T comments will be deleted. Thanks.