Skip to comments.A Bad Week for Media's Favorite Anti-War Veteran John Murtha
Posted on 01/15/2006 3:29:00 PM PST by Nasty McPhilthy
The mainstream news media's favorite anti-war veteran, Congressman John Murtha, has had a bad week. No thanks to the news media, either. The internet and talk radio were the instruments of Murtha's negative coverage.
The first incident involved a young Marine back from Afghanistan. The second involved a story that cast doubts on Murtha's military record.
During a Town Hall meeting earlier this week Democrat Congressmen John Murtha (PA) and Jim Moran (VA) touted their call for a withdrawal from Iraq, an unexpected turn of events occurred.
Moran and Murtha continued the anti-war diatribes which included their relating talks they've had with military officers and rank-and-file troops in Iraq. Murtha has said the military is broken, morale within the ranks is poor, we need to pullout immediately, and other defeatist rantings.
Murtha had just finished his presentation during the Virginia townhall meeting, in which he added that he feared a slow withdrawal may give people the impression the US achieved victory (God forbid Americans think we're victorious), when he opened the meeting for a question and answer session.
At that point a man stood and spoke:
"Yes sir my name is Mark Seavey and I just want to thank you for coming up here. Until about a month ago I was Sergeant Mark Seavey infantry squad leader, I returned from Afghanistan. My question to you, (applause)
"Like yourself I dropped out of college two years ago to volunteer to go to Afghanistan, and I went and I came back. If I didn't have a herniated disk now I would volunteer to go to Iraq in a second with my troops, three of which have already volunteered to go to Iraq. I keep hearing you say how you talk to the troops and the troops are demoralized, and I really resent that characterization. (applause) The morale of the troops that I talk to is phenomenal, which is why my troops are volunteering to go back, despite the hardships they had to endure in Afghanistan.
"And Congressman Moran, 200 of your constituents just returned from Afghanistan. We never got a letter from you; we never got a visit from you. You didn't come to our homecoming. The only thing we got from any of our elected officials was one letter from the governor of this state thanking us for our service in Iraq, when we were in Afghanistan. That's reprehensible. I don't know who you two are talking to but the morale of the troops is very high."
The only response from Murtha and Moran was Moran saying, "That's a comment not a question."
According to former Marine, NYPD first-grade detective and security consultant Sid Francis, "This young guy hit those two phony patriots right between the eyes with one shot. Good for him. Murtha must have forgot that you don't piss off a Marine."
Of course, the mainstream news media never revealed the above exchange to the American people. To them it was a matter of protecting their latest anti-war, anti-Bush heartthrob, John Murtha. However, the new media -- bloggers, conservative news websites, talk radio and Fox News Channel -- made certain that Sgt. Seavey's words did not enter the media-coverage blackhole.
Instead of covering Sgt. Seavey's remarks, the mainstream news media decided to help Murtha thwart a news story that was developing on the internet. Murtha, a decorated Marine veteran who is an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, has become the latest Democrat to have his Vietnam War decorations questioned. And this time it's fellow Democrats who are questioning Murtha's Purple Hearts and medals.
Here's how the Houston Chronicle opens their story on this latest medals flap:
"In a tactic reminiscent of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth assault on Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., during the 2004 presidential campaign, a conservative Web site [Cybercast News Service] on Friday quoted Murtha opponents as questioning the circumstances surrounding the awarding of his two Purple Hearts."
Opponents? One of the primary sources for the CNS story is a fellow Democrat --former Congressman Don Bailey.
David Thibault, editor-in-chief of the Cybercast News Service, said the issue of Murtha's medals from 1967 is relevant now "because the congressman has really put himself in the forefront of the anti-war movement. ... He has been placed by the Democratic Party and anti-war activists as a spokesman against the war above reproach."
As for how Murtha won the Purple Hearts, the Houston Chronicle quotes a Murtha spokesperson as saying, "We think the congressman's record is clear. We have the documentation, the paperwork that proves that he earned them, and that he is entitled to wear them proudly."
Well, he may possess the documentation, but CNS reported they've never been released and the documentation of Murtha's service record is as elusive as Senator John Kerry's.
If I'm not mistaken, Sgt Seavy was Army.....not a Marine.
I agree with him 1000%, though.
Semper Fi, Sgt!!
The MSM hasn't caught onto the fact yet that it doesn't matter if they don't report stuff. Because we will.
It's not only that more and more people are reading forums like FR, we can easily send articles like this to our reading groups and interested friends via e-mail with the click of a few buttons.
Snakes in the grass.
This this proud soldier tell these two fake and phony duds.
Someone posted the video link to here yesterday. It was just awsome to see murtha and his little buddy looking like the proverbial deer in the headlights.
The columnist should have added Murtha's flirtation with the Code Pink ladies:
Excellent post! No surprise it wasn't carried by the alphabets.
God bless the men and women of the United States military!!!
At the same meeting, General Wagner also tore Moron\Murtha new buttholes.
Who needs the MSM when we have The Political Teen.
Link to video clip of Sgt. Seavey speaking to Murtha and Moran.
While in Washington, Murtha has broken the law, most likely numerous times. He's about to be indicted and is using this antiwar crap as a defense. When he's indicted, he'll scream political retribution.
The Political Teen rocks.
John Murtha is this year's Cindy Sheehan. He looks and sounds to me as if he is in the early stages of dementia.
And after him the loony libs will find some other poor fool.
...leave the snakes out of it...the equation...Skinkinthegrass.
The Los Angeles Times revealed on June 14, 2005 that Murtha, as the top Democrat on House Defense Appropriations, has been funneling tens of millions of taxpayer dollars into KSA Consulting, the lobbying company of his brother, Kit Murtha, and KSA clients.
Last year, Murtha strongarmed the Navy into transferring the Hunters Point Shipyard to the city of San Francisco, which had a contract with a company called Lennar, Inc. to redevelop the 500-acre site bringing millions in profits to Lennar. The Senior Vice-President of Lennar is Laurence Pelosi, Democrat House Leader Nancy Pelosis stepson.
This year, Murtha inserted several earmarks (specifically designated appropriations) into various defence bills giving millions of federal research dollars to companies owned by the children of Democrat Congressman Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvanias 11th district adjoining Murthas 12th.
Crooked enough for you? Welcome to Washington. This is the way business is conducted here. There are trust me on this a significant number of Congressmen and Senators of both parties who have integrity and dont sell their votes for personal gain to themselves, family, or friends. But they are trust me on this as well not in the majority.
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