A New York Times article cited concerns "that donors could use presidential foundations to circumvent campaign finance laws intended to limit political influence" and noted that "the Saudi royal family, the king of Morocco, a foundation linked to the United Arab Emirates [UAE], and the governments of Kuwait and Qatar have made contributions of unknown amounts to the Clinton Foundation." But the article did not mention that Hillary Clinton has repeatedly criticized the Saudi government and opposed the Dubai ports deal.
On his radio show, Mark Levin said, "I see on the home page of our friend Drudge -- the Drudge Report -- 'Developing, National Enquirer: John Edwards love child scandal.' " After asserting that "[s]he definitely looks pregnant," Levin added, "Now, I don't know if this is true or not."
After the Drudge Report displayed an Associated Press photo of Hillary Clinton above the headline "The Toll of a Campaign," the conservative echo chamber went into effect. Rush Limbaugh discussed the photo on his radio show, Drudge then linked to the transcript on Limbaugh's website, and The Washington Times and Michelle Malkin on Fox news' The Big Story, then reprinted or discussed the photograph, characterizing it as representative of the toll the campaign was taking on Clinton.
A Washington Post article by Dan Balz described Rudy Giuliani as "[a]t odds with the majority of his party on abortion, guns and gays," but failed to note that Giuliani has shifted his position on these issues, moving toward more conservative stances on them, since launching his campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
On the December 13 edition of Tucker, Norah O'Donnell asserted that during the same day's Hardball, Clinton adviser Mark Penn "once again brought up cocaine -- twice" in relation to Sen. Barack Obama and later claimed that Penn "on his own brought up cocaine." In fact, the entire Hardball segment was devoted to controversial remarks regarding Obama's past drug use made by Clinton's campaign co-chair, who later resigned. Chris Matthews explicitly asked Penn at least three distinct questions about the topic, and Penn had offered at least two specific responses before he used the word "cocaine."
Discussing Mitt Romney's "Faith in America" speech, CNN's Colleen McEdwards said to the Southern Baptist Convention's (SBC) Richard Land, "I mean, let's face it, some people go as far as saying Mormonism is a cult." At no point during the interview, however, did Land acknowledge or McEdwards point out that the SBC lists the Mormon church as a "Major Cults/Sect in North America" or that an SBC group uses Mormonism as an example in highlighting four of the six characteristics it uses to answer the question, "What is a Cult or Sect?"
On Hardball, Chris Matthews asked about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), "[D]oes she look like Nurse Ratched here?" referencing a character in Ken Kesey's novel and the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, who has been described as a "scheming, manipulative agent" who "asserts arbitrary control simply because she can." In fact, Matthews and others on programs on NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC have a long history of associating Clinton with Nurse Ratched.
Discussing religious questions asked at the November 28 CNN/YouTube Republican presidential debate, Chris Matthews said: "[T]hese questions are getting very liturgical. How literal do you take the [Bible]? Where did Jesus stand on capital punishment? ... Why are candidates for the presidency being asked religious questions?" But Matthews voiced no objections over the September 26 Democratic debate, which was moderated by Matthews' NBC colleague Tim Russert, who asked of the candidates, "[W]hat is your favorite Bible verse?"