Friday, October 12, 2007

Setting The Record Straight

A note of rebuttal and clarification from my local Representative, Congressman Tim Murphy, saw publication in this morning's Psychosis-Gazette:

The letter claiming my office placed fliers on cars in the writer's church parking lot is flat out false ("Murphy Church Fliers," Sept. 26). While reaching out in various ways to my constituents is of the utmost importance to me, my office does so only through legitimate means of communication.

My office knows and respects the nonprofit, tax-exempt status of churches and would never put them at risk. MoveOn.org and other political organizations, which are the true source of these fliers, have purposely chosen to ignore the risks they pose to our local churches.

I would hope the Post-Gazette would independently verify such claims before publishing accusatory letters in the future.

U.S. REP. TIM MURPHY
Washington, D.C.
The September 26 piece of Moron Mail (thank you, Learned Foot) to which the Congressman refers had this to say:
A couple of weeks ago, fliers from Tim Murphy were found on my car after church! My wife was so upset by this "unethical" behavior that she wrote a letter to the PG. But her letter wasn't published; [a suburban Republican committeewoman]'s was. I thought the PG was the liberal newspaper in town.
A few things:
  • Tim Murphy is WRONG. Wrong to expect a rag like the Psychosis-Gazette to engage in an exercise like fact-checking, which would easily confound the editorial board's goal of putting a left-wing slant on everything it publishes.
  • The 9/26 letter writer really must be goofier than a roomful of greased rubber balls if he thinks that a Congressman would waste his resources propagandizing churchgoers with unsolicited fliers on a Sunday morning. This is pretty typical of how Democrats perceive Republicans, in my experience. It's been 35 years since Nixon last won an election, yet they still think in terms of "dirty tricks".
  • He implies that the P-G letters page editors displayed some kind of right-wing bias in publishing a Republican's letter instead of his wife's. I admit, I am a little shocked as well. The P-G's selection of letters is almost as biased to the left as it's editorials. If you ever see a letter written from a conservative or right point of view, the paper published it for one of two reasons: either it's from some significant Republican party figure, like a Congressman or a committee person, who figures prominently in the news already; or it's from someone expressing an opinion on a hot-button topic that is sure to bring the moonbats out of their caves, thereby leading to several days' worth of letters refuting the conservative correspondent's position, and pointing out how stupid, evil, or misguided the fellow is. Sneaky devils, those P-G editorialists.
  • This would not be the first time that MoveOn.org or similar organizations have tried to defraud people using Tim Murphy's name as a cover. In 2006, an election year, voters in the 18th district received calls informing them about the terrible, horrible things that Murphy has allegedly done. Caller ID indicated that the calls emanated from the Congressman's office. Needless to say, his staff was surprised to receive calls from voters who wondered why his own office would do something so strange. Since that time, the House has passed legislation to prevent that sort of thing from happening. The bill was Murphy's, but no one, politician or otherwise, can reasonably support the fraudulent misuse of technology that the anti-Murphy people perpetrated.
And so, the lunatics had to hang up the phone and head out into the church parking lots. Don't expect to hear about it on the P-G's front page, though.

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