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FOX News Starting To Blame Democrats For Problems In Iraq. John Murtha Is The GOP’s New Bill Clinton

Reported by Ellen - June 15, 2006

It’s hard to believe that Republicans and their handmaidens in the media, FOX News, would have the audacity to blame Democrats and John Murtha for the problems in the Iraq war but that’s a pattern I’m seeing and I expect it to continue and intensify as we get closer to the elections. Perhaps because there’s no credible way to blame Clinton, Congressman John Murtha has become the new all-purpose GOP scapegoat. He was smeared during three different segments on last night’s (6/14/06) Hannity & Colmes.

Just when you think the FOX News Republicans couldn’t get have any more chutzpah, they find more. Bob Novak, the traitor who published Valerie Plame’s identity, stated last night during one segment, “To be popular in the Democratic Party, you have to – they want defeat in Iraq..."

Sean Hannity chimed in, “If things go well in Iraq, that seems to be bad for the Democratic Party…”

In another discussion, Michael Barone, FOX News analyst who also wrote an op-ed that appears on the RNC website, was there to discuss the upcoming elections. Hannity quoted an excerpt from Barone’s editorial: “A substantial part of the Democratic Party, some of its politicians and many of its loudest supporters do not want America to succeed in Iraq.”

Barone repeated the charge during his discussion with Hannity. “I think the vitriolic tone that you see from a lot of people in the Democratic Party – it’s almost – in some cases predicting, in some cases perhaps desiring, American defeat and frustration.”

Colmes asked, “What Democrat wants defeat in Iraq?”

Barone said, “They’re acting with disregard…”

Colmes responded, “(Murtha) wasn’t saying cut and run… I think this idea that Democrats want us to lose is an unfair slap at good Americans who have a different point of view.”

Barone backpedaled slightly, saying it’s “a minority of Democrats that I would describe that way, Alan. I’d like to make that clear. But I think that you do find some people who are acting in reckless disregard of the chances of – if we’d taken Mr. Murtha’s advice last fall and left as precipitously as he wanted us to, Zarqawi would still be there as a terrorist in Iraq.”

Props to Colmes for saying, “If we actually followed what the Pentagon wanted us to do, we had three chances to get Zarqawi before we went to war.” But he didn’t mention that one reason it didn’t happen is because, as MSNBC reported, “the administration feared destroying the terrorist camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam.”

The first segment was with a man named Terry Pennington, the father of one of eight Marines who are being held for the death of an Iraqi civilian. The families are charging that the Marines are being held as an overly harsh response to the charges that military was not responsive enough in Haditha.

Hannity and Pennington were rightfully upset that the son was being held without charges (though nobody mentioned that this is something the Bush Administration has fought for the right to do). “You don’t put somebody in maximum security confinement unless they’ve been convicted of a hideous crime,” Pennington said. “They haven’t been charged.” He told Colmes “I can tell you that the charges being made by the anti-war forces, be they Murtha or someone else, are directly affecting the way (the military) make decisions because they’re playing a political game… There are many, many people that are anti-war, very high profile.”

Hannity said at the close of the discussion, “You’re right about John Murtha.”

Comment: I hope Democrats will be ready and able to counter these smears because they are not going to be spared by trying to distance themselves from Murtha.

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