On the CBS Evening News, anchor Katie Couric aired portions of an interview she conducted with Sen. John McCain, removing a part of a response in which he falsely asserted that the 2007 U.S. troop surge "began the Anbar awakening." Couric gave no indication that McCain's comments had been edited in any manner, nor did she otherwise note his falsehood.
Several print media outlets reported that during a July 21 campaign event, Sen. John McCain, in the words of the Associated Press, "disparaged [Sen. Barack] Obama as 'someone who has no military experience whatsoever.' " But none of the articles noted that McCain has previously said he does not "accept the notion" that military experience is necessary to be an effective commander in chief.
MSNBC's Tamron Hall failed to challenge the assertions of Nancy Pfotenhauer, an adviser for Sen. John McCain, that Sen. Barack Obama "fought funding for our troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan over a year ago" and was "withholding funds for our troops who are in combat in Iraq and in Afghanistan." Hall did not note that Obama has cast several votes for war-funding legislation, nor did she note that McCain himself has voted against legislation funding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Boston Globe's Michael Kranish stated that Sen. John McCain "criticized [Sen. Barack] Obama for not voting for a resolution condemning the antiwar group MoveOn.org for a newspaper ad calling the top US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, 'General Betray Us.' " But Kranish did not note that Obama did vote for a separate amendment that condemned the ad, as well as other attacks on past and present members of the armed forces.
On Good Morning America, Diane Sawyer failed to challenge Sen. John McCain's false claim that Sen. Barack Obama has said that as president, he would "attack Pakistan." Nor did Sawyer challenge McCain's reference to "the Iraq-Pakistan border," which does not exist.
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In an article on Mitt Romney's decision to reclassify loans to his failed presidential campaign as contributions, The Boston Globe quoted Stuart Rothenberg's assertion that if Sen. John McCain were to pick Romney as his running mate, "Democrats would use" Romney's decision "to undermine his [McCain's] reputation as 'Mr. Reformer.' " But Kranish did not note that McCain himself has attempted to "reject public financing" for the primary election in a manner that could "undermine his reputation as 'Mr. Reformer.' "
The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Wall Street Journal reported that Sen. John McCain, in the words of the Journal, "said he would send at least three additional brigades to Afghanistan." But none noted that McCain reportedly stated following his speech that his proposal to deploy three additional brigades to Afghanistan would require "greater participation on the part of our NATO allies," or that McCain spokeswoman Nicolle Wallace reportedly said the three brigades he mentioned would include non-American troops.
Two segments on MSNBC Live referenced Sen. Hillary Clinton's new hairdo, with one of the segments featuring a discussion "[l]ive from Capitol Hill" with MSNBC congressional correspondent Mike Viqueira, who said, "I'm not really crazy about standing here talking about a senator's hair, especially Senator Clinton's hair, but I'll just say this: When it comes to senatorial hair, she's way ahead of the game."
The Los Angeles Times asserted as fact that in recent comments about Social Security, Sen. John McCain used the word "disgrace" to refer to how "younger workers are forced to pay for a plan that, in his view, is unlikely to benefit them when they retire." But the Times ignored an assertion by McCain on CNN on July 8 in which he again appeared to be denouncing the Social Security system itself and not, as the Times reported, the fact that absent legislative change, the system faces insolvency in the future.