On Monday, the Washington Post ran a story about a poll it conducted and quoted a respondent from Orlando, Fla., named John Murtha who had very nice things to say about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A few other media outlets picked it up, wondering if perhaps Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Johnstown, had risen from the dead or some politically savvy respondent was playing a practical joke.
Turns out it was neither. The Orlando Murtha is actually the late Congressman Murtha's son, the Post revealed in a correction today:
A March 29 A-section article about attitudes toward Democratic leaders after the battle over health-care legislation, based on a Washington Post-ABC News 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.