Media darling and war hero Jack Murtha is being bitch slapped by the rightwing blogosphere. And with very good reason. When the Haditha story was published by Time Magazine's Tim McGirk, Murtha was the first to go to the national press and claim that the Marines were "guilty of murder and covering it up." All this without a shred of evidence that the marines did anything wrong. Hugh Hewitt wrote, "I cannot imagine a more irresponsible statement from Congressman Murtha given that the investigation is still open. The Congressman should explain his sources, or face the charge that he has judged the men involved before the evidence is even compiled."
Up until a year ago, Murtha was a nobody. He was known only in restrictive Washington circles. More than likely he was trolling the inner sanctum circles of elitist, leftwing cocktail parties. With his recent presidential aspirations percolating to the surface, going full force against our troops, the war effort and the president seemed the only way for him to get his non-agenda into the MSM. And taking a cue from Cindy Sheehan, it is working. The leftists in the MSM love Murtha, the DailyKOS wants to have his love child and, the spotlight is truly blinding him right now.
The new media did some digging and found that Murtha was listed as an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the 1980 Abscam scandal. While a Nexus-Lexus search shows that Abramoff stories have been published hundreds of time, Murtha's "indiscretions" have been nary a whimper. Aaahhhh. Being a Leftist means never having to say "Double Standard."
Without taking anything away from his decorated war service, I think Murtha is losing touch with reality or, simply using the Iraq War to further his own political ambitions.
Regardless, he should STFU