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."
MSNBC media analyst Steve Adubato asserted that Bill and Hillary Clinton "want the media to focus on  only the positive aspects of her experience but won't say a word about such topics as ... exactly how [former deputy White House counsel] Vince Foster died." In fact, while some right-wing commentators and websites continue to suggest that the Clintons were somehow involved in Foster's death, numerous investigations into the matter have determined that his death was a suicide.
On The Chris Matthews Show, Matthews falsely asserted that Mark Penn "raised drugs again when I had him on Hardball." In fact, that entire Hardball segment was devoted to the controversy over remarks made by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's then-campaign co-chair about Sen. Barack Obama's past drug use, and Penn was not the first to "raise" the issue. On the December 14 edition of Hardball, Matthews accused Clinton's campaign of engaging in "dirty politics"; Matthews and his guests went on to say "cocaine" a total of 10 times during the show.
The Sacramento Bee's public editor claimed that "there's a key bit of context missing" from a Media Matters item about a Bee article reporting on the controversial Republican-backed California ballot initiative that would award the state's electoral votes by congressional district. But the sentence that the public editor suggested was missing from the Media Matters item was in fact included -- in boldface for emphasis -- in the item.
In the last week, several news outlets have reported on recent developments in the case of Wayne DuMond, a convicted rapist sentenced to life in prison in 1984, who was paroled in 1997 after "[then-Arkansas Gov. Mike] Huckabee and a senior member of his staff exerted behind-the-scenes influence." While both The New York Times and The Washington Post have published articles discussing Huckabee's rise in the polls for the Republican presidential nomination, and several reporters at each newspaper have written blog posts citing Huckabee's role in the DuMond case as potentially politically damaging, neither newspaper has published a news article discussing recent developments about Huckabee's role in the case.