Congressman John Murtha gave a press conference yesterday
to repeat his usual sound bites: there is no progress in Iraq,
Republicans will (someday) abandon the President, etc., etc.
One reporter was not with the program. The Hill
Conservative writer Jeff Gannon, who was in the audience,
challenged Murtha on another statement he had made, that Marines
in Haditha had killed Iraqi civilians “in cold blood.” Charges
have been dropped against several Marines, though others remain
charged with murder. Gannon asked Murtha if he would apologize,
and Murtha refused.
“The trials are not over yet,” Murtha said, reddening slightly in
Also in response to Gannon, Murtha tersely deemed inappropriate
the newspaper advertisement taken out by the liberal group
MoveOn.org criticizing commanding Gen. David Petraeus as “General
Betray Us.” Without elaborating, Murtha said “Yes” when asked if
he would distance himself from the ad.
Murtha also took issue with the administration’s reports of
military progress in Iraq, though he voiced no criticism of
“The administration now appears content with running out the
clock,” Murtha said. “I have seen no progress. No progress.”
Thank you, Jeff Gannon. You were the only reporter to challenge
Murtha yesterday and you are the first reporter to challenge
Murtha about his "they killed innocent civilians in cold blood"
slander. Well done, sir. Now if only others will follow your
C-Span has the video
The Haditha question comes at 39:20.
Here are stills with text:
Dear Mainstream Media: You and Congressman Murtha must set the record
May 17-30, 2006:
Murtha's Own Words