Last Sunday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Rep. John Murtha said he believed the “American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran.” The report was quickly seized on by conservative media — including Brit Hume, Bill O’Reilly, Joe Scarborough and Tucker Carlson — to attack Murtha.
The story was false. Murtha was citing an international public opinion poll, not expressing his own views. On Wednesday, the Sun-Sentinel issued a correction. We urged ThinkProgress readers to contact the television outlets that pushed the innaccurate story and correct the record for their viewers.
Over the last two days O’Reilly and Hume have done so. Watch it:
According to a database search, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Tucker Carlson (who said Murtha was “in the thrall” of anti-American activists) haven’t bothered to inform their viewers that their attacks were based on a statement Murtha never made.