Denis Keohane at American Thinker says:
If Democrats really do support the troops, they will use their control of Congress to launch one more investigation -- into a series of statements and reported leaks by officials that have severely harmed our troops and their ability to accomplish their mission.I’m not surprised Congressional Democrats haven’t used their powers to investigate whether leaked and very likely largely false information hurt U. S. Marines. Are you?
These statements fall into a category of press misinformation that currently has no name, but which deserves one, a neologism to join the ranks of "fisking" and "a lewinsky."
a story or narrative demeaning to or condemnatory of American military personnel that is readily and even eagerly accepted and presented to others as fact without due diligence to customary norms, of critical fact checking or the legal principle of innocent until proven guilty.
Example: "Our troops overreacted [at Haditha] because of the pressure on them and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood..."
- Congressman John Murtha [Dem. - PA], May 2006
Keohane goes on to show us some of what al-Jazeera's Factbox Haditha is telling people in the Middle East and elsewhere:
John Murtha, Democratic congressman and former marine and war critic, says the military attempted a cover-up and accuses the marines of killing "in cold blood".There’s a lot more to Keohane’s post. It’s must reading for people who care about our military and holding MSM responsible for telling us the truth.
Some US media compare Haditha to the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam, when US soldiers ran amok in the village, and killed some 500 people, mostly women, children and old men.
US politicians briefed on the investigation are quoted as saying several marines, led by a sergeant, went from house to house killing people and also killed four students and a taxi driver in a car that approached the scene. Photographs of the corpses suggested some victims had been kneeling when killed." …
Hat tip: Mike Williams