(Commentary) Murtha Articles Trigger Liberal Paranoia


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Desertdog
January 17, 2006, 09:20 PM
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Murtha Articles Trigger Liberal Paranoia
By David Thibault
CNSNews.com Editor in Chief
http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCommentary.asp?Page=\Commentary\archive\200601\COM20060116a.html

The amazing response from the Left to the two articles Cybercast News Service published on Friday, Jan. 13, regarding the military and political record of U.S. Rep. John Murtha leaves me wondering whether the Democratic Party and its liberal followers are paranoid or just plain mean.

First, let me say to the Lefties out there who will read this -- it's unfair that the authors of the articles, CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer Marc Morano and Staff Writer Randy Hall are being pounded so viciously on your liberal blogs. These two terrific journalists, who by the way can handle anything you can dish out, were assigned to the stories and did their jobs very well. But, don't blame them. Blame me. I assigned the stories. Nobody else suggested the idea. Nobody else twisted my arm.

If I read the blogs, and by now you know that I have, I'm amazed at the circle of friends and conspirators that I have suddenly developed over the last three days. Judging by the Left's paranoid rants, I'm about to get an invitation to a White House State Dinner, where I'll be able to regale my best bud Karl Rove about my latest journalistic efforts, before attending to my private chat with President Bush about who to target next for a "hit job."

But the problem -- well it's only a problem if you subscribe to this conspiratorial nonsense -- is that I've never met, spoken on the telephone or exchanged emails with Karl Rove. He doesn't know me from a hole in the wall. I haven't spoken with President Bush since he was the governor of Texas and I was a television reporter for the Republican National Committee following him around in Amarillo more than ten years ago. And I'm pretty sure the president doesn't remember me.

I am, however, impressed that our news organization has been recognized by the likes of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader, who labeled our articles on Murtha "despicable." This raises a crucial question for Ms. Pelosi and the Left, regarding our news coverage. They can take their best shot because we can take the hit. But can they say the same thing?

The minority leader has been railing about the wisdom of the war in Iraq for many months, which is her right. However, let's be honest. After just about everyone on Capitol Hill stopped listening to her, including her chief deputy, U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Pelosi desperately turned to Murtha to serve as the party's latest sacrificial lamb. Cindy Sheehan instantly became old news, replaced by Murtha, the "war hero" turned conscientious objector.

Nice coup Nancy, especially since the establishment media was more than willing to play along and sing Murtha's praises. But then, a tiny Internet news organization with a full-time staff of 12 started asking questions that august news organizations with thousands of staffers were unwilling to ask. Wonder of all wonders, that same tiny news organization began uncovering elements that Murtha, his Democratic colleagues in Congress, their cronies on the political Left and the establishment media wanted buried. Oops.

As for the oft-repeated criticism of CNSNews.com, that we are merely a forum for the Bush White House and wealthy Republican donors, consider these headlines of stories that we have also published.

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