The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Right-wing pundits pile on Murtha for something he didn't say

Matt Drudge, Bill O'Reilly and Tucker Carlson pounced on an article from a Florida paper that attributed to Congressman Jack Murtha the statement that the "American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran."

Ratcheting up the outrage, O'Reilly called Murtha extremist and dangerous, while Carlson said the career Marine is "intoxicated by publicity," and "in the thrall" of America's enemies. Even Newt Gingrich got in on the act, saying he should be censured for behavior that's "beyond acceptable."

But the paper has acknowledged that they made a mistake. Murtha was actually citing the results of an international poll. The conservative commentators promptly issued corrections and said they shouldn't have been so quick to level such strong charges against the Congressman based on a lone source that didn't even provide a direct quote. Ha! Just kidding.