WaPo Clarification: Murtha Really Lives On in Health Care Story

Last week we brought you the item regarding the WaPo health care story that quoted John Murtha of Orlando. Turns out it was the late congressman’s son! A reporter mistakenly did not properly identify the younger Murtha. See the story here.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The article about attitudes toward Democratic leaders after the battle over health-care legislation, based on a Washington Post poll, quoted a poll respondent named John Murtha without identifying him as the son of the late Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.). Because of a miscommunication, a reporter mistakenly thought the 52-year-old Orlando man, who spoke favorably about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was not related to the longtime congressman. Pelosi supported Rep. Murtha in 2006 in his failed bid to become majority leader, the No. 2 position in the House.