Discussing a recent campaign event during which Sen. Hillary Clinton's voice broke while answering a question from the audience, several media figures have baselessly claimed that Clinton's actions were not "genuine" or were "pretend," including Glenn Beck, who said of the incident, "Hillary Clinton isn't just running for president, but she's also making a run for the best actress nomination." Michelle Malkin wrote that "[a]nyone who believes Hillary spontaneously teared up and got emotional on the campaign trail has been in a coma the last three decades."
William Kristol attributed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's victory in the New Hampshire Democratic primary to "the tears," saying, "She pretended to cry; the women liked it." He added, "The women were sorry for her, and she won." Kristol is one of several media figures who described Clinton's actions as "calculated," reviving a characterization frequently made by the media that Clinton is "calculating."
On Fox News' Weekend Live, reporting on an incident involving Bill O'Reilly and an aide for Sen. Barack Obama, Brian Wilson said that "Obama staffers now say the confrontation got physical," but that O'Reilly "says it was heated but just verbal." But when Wilson had earlier interviewed O'Reilly about the incident, O'Reilly had repeatedly said he had "removed" or "gently removed" the Obama aide from in front of The O'Reilly Factor's camera.
During ABC News' coverage of the ABC News-Facebook debates, correspondent Bianna Golodryga asserted that the fact that 66 percent of respondents answered yes when asked, "Could a Democratic president keep America safe?" "surprised us." But she did not say why those results were "surpris[ing]." Other media figures have previously asserted that Republicans have an advantage on issues of national security and terrorism, despite polls showing Democrats either tied or at a slight advantage against Republicans on that issue.
MSNBC Live anchor Tamron Hall aired a clip from an ad for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign in which an announcer asserts, "Mitt Romney says the next president doesn't need foreign policy experience. John McCain for president." Hall called the ad a "straight-up target at Mitt Romney," but Hall did not note that McCain had delivered a speech the night before in which he said that "[t]he lesson of this election in Iowa is that, one, you can't buy an election in Iowa, and, two, negative campaigns don't work. They don't work there, and they don't work here in New Hampshire."
Numerous print media outlets reported on Sen. John McCain's assertion following the Iowa caucuses that "[t]he lesson of this election in Iowa is that ... negative campaigns don't work." But none of those articles noted that McCain has run negative TV and Web ads against Mitt Romney.
In articles on President Bush's December 20 press conference, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today uncritically reported Bush's criticism of Congress for passing all but two of the fiscal year 2008 appropriations bills as a single omnibus appropriations bill "at the last minute, nearly three months after the end of the fiscal year." But none of the articles noted that during his seven years in the White House, Bush has never signed all of Congress' appropriations bills into law before the beginning of the fiscal year, and has on two occasions signed omnibus spending bills on dates later than that on which the fiscal year 2008 bill passed.
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.
In a New York Times article, Don Van Natta Jr., Jo Becker, and Mike McIntire reported that Bill Clinton has "pledged to make public future donors" to the William J. Clinton Foundation if Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected president. The article then stated, "While disclosure is not legally required, failure to do so, Mr. Clinton said, would raise 'all these questions about whether people would try to win favor with her by giving money to me.' " But the article omitted the rest of Clinton's statement, in which he asserted, "You know it wouldn't work, and I don't think they would. Still, there are legitimate questions."
Jeff Gerth appears in the recently released trailer for Hillary: The Movie, a "full-length feature documentary" about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) that "is the first and last word in what the Clintons want America to forget," according to the film's website. In the trailer, Gerth asserts that Clinton is "a person who's struggling herself with figuring out who she is, or more importantly, how she wants to present herself to the American public."