All that wasted rage by the right over something John Murtha (you know: Mad Jack!) didn’t say:
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on Sunday that Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) had claimed that the United States is the greatest threat to peace in the world:
American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran, U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said to a crowd of more than 200 in North Miami Saturday afternoon.
Though the Sun-Sentinel never provided a direct quote of Murtha, the story was featured on the Drudge Report and Murtha immediately came under attack from conservative pundits:
Bill Oâ€™Reilly, Fox News, 6/26:
Murtha has lost all perspective and did months ago, but his message is firmly entrenched in Americaâ€™s far-left precincts. â€¦ [T]hat kind of extreme thinking, based on little evidence, by the way, is putting all Americans in danger.
One problem: Murtha apparently never said anything of the sort. What he did was cite a Pew poll released two weeks ago showing that people around the world, including in closely-allied countries like Great Britain, believe the U.S. is the greatest threat to peace.
A statement released by Murthaâ€™s office today quotes an email from Melissa Sanchez of the Miami Herald, who also attended the speech, saying of the purported Murtha â€œquoteâ€: â€œThat was in reference to international polls. It was not so much his own conjecture, but a conclusion drawn from polls in various countries.â€
We expect all of the rightwing sites to post a correction noting the error by the Sun-Sentinel and apologizing to Congressman Murtha.
Okay. We really don’t. We know better.
This will just become more Murtha wingnut apocrypha endlessly referenced in long postmortems about how Murtha/The New York Times/Kos/Michael Moore/Hollywood/The MSM/Cindy Sheehan lost the war and how it’s their fault that Sharia is the law of the land and we’re all gonna die now and please God, I don’t want to die, oh shit, I’m out of Klonoptin! Has anyone got a Xanax? Anyone? Anyone? C’mon I need it bad…what was that noise? Ah crap! I pissed myself again. Shit. Shit. Shit. Shit. Shit.
Or something like that.