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Murtha: Administration Claims Of Winning The War, Blaming The Media Repeat Vietnam-Era Mistakes

By ThinkProgress on March 19, 2006 at 12:24 pm

"Murtha: Administration Claims Of Winning The War, Blaming The Media Repeat Vietnam-Era Mistakes"

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Today on Face the Nation, Vice President Cheney defended his dubious pre-war and post-war claims by blaming the media:

[T]here is a constant sort of perception if you will that’s created because what is newsworthy is the carbomb in Baghdad, it’s not all the work that went on that day in 15 other provinces in terms of making progress in rebuilding Iraq.

On Meet the Press, Tim Russert asked Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) about the administration’s repeated attempts to blame the media. Watch it:

Transcript:

RUSSERT: Some in the administration say the media is distorting the good news that’s coming out of Iraq.

MURTHA: They said the same thing about Vietnam. They said the same thing over and over and over about Vietnam. They said we’re winning the war in Vietnam. You could go back and get quotes from Vietnam and you’ll see the same kind of reports. The media is the one that’s distorting. Everything is going fine in Vietnam. Well, everything is not going fine in Iraq. They have to realize it. When the whole world is against you, when our international reputation has been diminished so substantially, when all the countries in the region say we’d be better off without us being in Iraq, when the people themselves in Iraq say — and American people say it, I mean, who is right?

Go to Crooks and Liars to watch Murtha’s entire appearance.

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