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A Bad Week for Media's Favorite Anti-War Veteran John Murtha
MND ^ | Sunday, January 15, 2006 | by Jim Kouri, CPP

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.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: 109th; cutandrun; jimmoran; markseavey; murtha

1 posted on 01/15/2006 3:29:02 PM PST by Nasty McPhilthy
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

If I'm not mistaken, Sgt Seavy was Army.....not a Marine.

I agree with him 1000%, though.

Semper Fi, Sgt!!


2 posted on 01/15/2006 3:32:02 PM PST by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

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.


3 posted on 01/15/2006 3:32:20 PM PST by Peach
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
"..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."

Bears repeating.

4 posted on 01/15/2006 3:32:54 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

Snakes in the grass.


5 posted on 01/15/2006 3:34:22 PM PST by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

This this proud soldier tell these two fake and phony duds.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1557437/posts



6 posted on 01/15/2006 3:34:25 PM PST by CHICAGOFARMER (Right to Carry (RTC))
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To: Peach

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.


7 posted on 01/15/2006 3:36:06 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

The columnist should have added Murtha's flirtation with the Code Pink ladies:


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1555707/posts


8 posted on 01/15/2006 3:37:19 PM PST by JennysCool (Non-Y2K-Compliant)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

Excellent post! No surprise it wasn't carried by the alphabets.

God bless the men and women of the United States military!!!


9 posted on 01/15/2006 3:40:03 PM PST by Theresawithanh (You'll get me to stop posting on FR when you wrench my laptop from my cold, dead fingers!)
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To: Theresawithanh

Yup.


10 posted on 01/15/2006 3:43:40 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Don't buy Bose. Their warranty is no good.)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

At the same meeting, General Wagner also tore Moron\Murtha new buttholes.


11 posted on 01/15/2006 3:43:44 PM PST by stylin19a (God does not apply to your alloted time, the hours spent playing golf.)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

http://thepoliticalteen.net/2006/01/11/markseavey/

Who needs the MSM when we have The Political Teen.


12 posted on 01/15/2006 3:47:23 PM PST by MisouriMule (The ACLU is a communist front organization dedicated to the destruction of the Constitution of the U)
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To: freeangel; All

http://images.military.com/Video/060113_cspan.wmv

Link to video clip of Sgt. Seavey speaking to Murtha and Moran.


13 posted on 01/15/2006 3:52:34 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

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.


14 posted on 01/15/2006 3:55:01 PM PST by Crawdad (So the guy says to the doctor, "It hurts when I do this.")
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To: MisouriMule

The Political Teen rocks.


15 posted on 01/15/2006 3:56:54 PM PST by maggief
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

BTTT


16 posted on 01/15/2006 4:08:48 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: All

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.


17 posted on 01/15/2006 4:14:04 PM PST by Mogengator
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To: vpintheak
Snakes in the grass.

...leave the snakes out of it...the equation...Skinkinthegrass.

18 posted on 01/15/2006 4:14:49 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

bttt


19 posted on 01/15/2006 4:21:59 PM PST by ShowMeMom (America: The home of the FREE because of the BRAVE.)
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To: Crawdad

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 Pelosi’s 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 Pennsylvania’s 11th district adjoining Murtha’s 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 don’t sell their votes for personal gain to themselves, family, or friends. But they are – trust me on this as well – not in the majority.


20 posted on 01/15/2006 4:29:14 PM PST by Huevos Rancheros (Free the Barret Report--William B. Travis)
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To: Howie66

Mark Seavey made Murtha and Moron (Moran) look like the anti-American fools that they are. I saw Mark Seavey on TV making his remarks and, as an American, my heart burst with pride. Mark Seavey - a great American hero! Murtha and Moron - dog doodle.


21 posted on 01/15/2006 5:34:33 PM PST by maxwellp
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To: Crawdad
Murtha is headed for deep fecal matter, he pressured defense contractors to steer millions to his lobbyist brother. The excrement will soon be hitting the rotating discs for Murtha, and it is going to splatter and stink.
22 posted on 01/15/2006 5:52:56 PM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: maxwellp

"Mark Seavey made Murtha and Moron (Moran) look like the anti-American fools that they are. I saw Mark Seavey on TV making his remarks and, as an American, my heart burst with pride. Mark Seavey - a great American hero! Murtha and Moron - dog doodle."

Agreed!!

I'm sure that the good Sgt. is as proud of his Army tradition as we Marines are of ours, with the obvious exception of Murtha, Scott Ritter and James Carville, that is.

"Hanoi John" Kerry doesn't count, since he is a loser.


23 posted on 01/15/2006 6:09:25 PM PST by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: MEG33

Thanks. I'm so bad at links.


24 posted on 01/15/2006 6:13:31 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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