A New York Times article on President Bush's decision to nominate Michael B. Mukasey for attorney general reported that Sen. Charles Schumer "issued a statement on Sunday evening praising Mr. Mukasey," which it called "a suggestion that Democrats, who are already challenging Mr. Bush over the war in Iraq, have little appetite for another big fight." In fact, Schumer had previously named Mukasey as one of three potential attorney general nominees whose selection would likely be approved by a Democratic-controlled Senate, and Senate Democrats made clear that they were prepared to block confirmation of another potential nominee, Theodore Olson.
CNN's John King reported that in his Iraq speech, President Bush would "say we can begin to bring troops home because of successes in Iraq." King earlier asserted that "critics say ... that the president is only doing this because he has to do it," since "the Pentagon doesn't have the troops to sustain the surge." In fact, it is not only "critics" who say this, but top officials at the Pentagon, including Gen. David Petraeus.
On KTTV, Fox's Los Angeles affiliate, correspondent John Schwada reported that "there are several new plans to further boost the power of California voters," referring to separate Republican and Democratic ballot initiatives that would change the way the state's electoral votes are awarded. But Schwada did not explain how the Republican initiative to award votes by congressional district would "boost the power of California voters." Under the state's current winner-take-all system, California currently awards 55 electoral votes to its winner, far more than any other state. Under the GOP plan, the state would give far fewer electoral votes to its winner. This, by definition, reduces the power of California voters.
Chris Matthews continued his pattern of heaping praise on Republican presidential candidates, saying of Rudy Giuliani: "Street-corner conservative sounds a little ethnic, a little gritty, a little big city. It works for me."
On MSNBC's Morning Joe, columnist Christopher Hitchens asserted that "[t]he Democratic candidates are all pretending to be as pious as they possibly can be," and stated of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton: "It can't be that she suddenly decides that she's a person of faith. She has never particularly mentioned it before." In fact, Clinton has publicly discussed her faith for years, including in her 1996 book and in interviews at least as far back as 1993.
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh asserted: "Three weeks ago, you had Jim Clyburn of the Congressional Black Caucus saying, 'You know, if this report is good, it presents problems for us,' meaning the Democrat [sic] Party." In fact, Clyburn did not say that good news from Iraq is bad news for Democrats in electoral terms, but rather that a recommendation from Gen. David Petraeus against withdrawal would impede Democrats' efforts to garner support in Congress for legislation to begin withdrawal. And while Limbaugh identified Clyburn merely as "of the Congressional Black Caucus," Clyburn is also House majority whip, the third-highest position in the House.
An Associated Press article on the California Republican Party state convention reported that "Republicans at the convention also endorsed a proposed ballot initiative to change the way the state awards electoral votes in presidential contests," but did not note that the initiative was originally proposed by a lawyer with deep ties to the state GOP or report any Democratic criticism of the proposed initiative.
On MSNBC's Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough and guest Craig Crawford discussed a fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton who Scarborough said was "on the lam again" and referred to John Edwards' "hedge fund problems " and Barack Obama's "fund-raiser problem." However, neither Scarborough nor Crawford noted that leading Republican presidential candidates are facing questions regarding figures involved in their campaign finances.
For the second time in a week, The Washington Times asserted in an article that "[f]ugitive businessman Norman Hsu ... donated more than $1 million to senior Democrats" and that "some of his donations were made through several people." However, Hsu himself has donated only "$260,000 to Democratic Party groups and federal candidates since 2004," as the article itself later noted, and the Wall Street Journal article that first suggested Hsu had orchestrated illegal campaign contributions provided no evidence that he had actually done so.