The Washington Post editorial page has condemned Rep. John Murtha’s (D-PA) plan to increase support for the overstretched U.S. military and restrain Bush’s Iraq escalation. Yesterday, ThinkProgress noted that the Post had released a new poll showing strong support for Murtha’s plan — but no mention of this support was made in the paper’s coverage of the poll. Today, the Post published a new front-page story with the following:
There was clear support, however, for the kinds of conditions proposed by Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), who wants to establish requirements for the training and resting of military units that would have the effect of limiting the number of troops available to send to Iraq.
Murtha’s plan has drawn fire in the House, including from some of his Democratic colleagues, after it was announced on a liberal Web site. The Post-ABC News poll, which did not associate the plan with Murtha, found that 58 percent of Americans said they support such new rules. Even some Americans, 21 percent, who supported the president’s troop increase said they would favor rules for training and resting troops.