MSNBC's Culhane uncritically reported GOP claim that Democrats are not funding the troops in Iraq
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On the April 24 edition of MSNBC Live, during a report on the standoff between President Bush and Congress over emergency spending for the war in Iraq, MSNBC correspondent Patty Culhane uncritically reported that Republicans say "that the Democrats are putting the troops in danger because they're not giving them the funding." In fact, as Media Matters for America has noted, both houses of Congress have passed legislation providing funding for the troops in the field. Moreover, the House and Senate are set to vote on a compromise bill that provides $124 billion in funding and requires that the Pentagon begin withdrawing troops from Iraq by October 2007, with the goal of having most U.S. forces redeployed six months later. However, Bush has promised to veto the bill if it includes a withdrawal timeline. So while Congress has demonstrated a clear intention to fund the troops, Bush has said he will veto the bill -- thereby denying funding to the troops -- if it doesn't meet his conditions.
From the 3 p.m. ET hour of the April 24 edition of MSNBC Live:
CULHANE: They did, you know, and both sides talking about the November election. And the reason they keep doing that is both sides are saying this is what the voters want, this is the best way to win the war in Iraq. The Democrats say that they were voted into power in Congress because the American people decided that they wanted a change in the war in Iraq, and for the Democrats, a change is withdrawal. That's why you've seen this bill that they've passed that starts the withdrawal by October 1st of this coming year. So that is the reason why the Democrats are citing that. The president says, "OK, November, I understand the election was about a change. But I gave you a change; I came up with the surge plan, I put a new commander in place."
And both are arguing over really what's best for the troops. The Republicans say that the Democrats are putting the troops in danger because they're not giving them the funding. The Democrats say that the president and the Republican Party are putting the troops in danger by putting them in the middle of a civil war.