During a White House press briefing, Les Kinsolving falsely asserted that Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama received an "endorsement" in a column by Fidel Castro. However, at no point did Castro endorse Clinton or Obama; to the contrary, he attributed to Clinton and Obama a pro-democratic view that he called an "error," and he said of the two candidates, "They are not making politics: they are playing a game of cards on a Sunday afternoon."
New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg repeated a common media practice of suggesting that the GOP's "social conservative wing" cares more about "ethics and family values" than others, and quoted Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, in support. Similarly, MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked Perkins about "conservative people like yourself, who are not politicians, but are men of the church, who believe in values, rather than election results." Neither noted Perkins' reported ties to both the white-supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.
Linking to a New York Post article, whose headline asserted, "Hill Eyes National Cig Curb," Matt Drudge wrote "Hillary Supports National Smoking Ban." In fact, as the Post article noted, "Asked whether the feds should impose a nationwide ban, Clinton deferred to local governments."
On Good Morning America, correspondent David Wright asserted that "[w]ere it not for the scandals, [President] Bush had hoped to make" outgoing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales "the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court." Wright also reported that Gonzales' resignation "is being welcomed on both sides of the aisle" because "[f]or Democrats, it's another scalp to hang on the wall; and for Republicans, it's a huge distraction that now goes away." In fact, several Republicans have joined Democrats in calling for Gonzales to resign.
On Meet the Press, NBC News' Richard Engel asserted that "if you pull back the troops, the troops themselves are going to be furious. They have done so much and worked so hard ... that if you start pulling them back ... they're going to be livid." However, neither host Tim Russert nor other guests mentioned recent reports indicating that some members of the military would not be opposed to drawing down troop levels in Iraq.
On Fox News Live, correspondent Anita Vogel reported on a ballot initiative proposed by a Republican organization that would "divvy up" California's "55 coveted electoral votes to the winner of each congressional district, rather than the winner-take-all system currently in place." On-screen text during Vogel's report identified a spokesman for the GOP group as "pro-reform" and an opponent of the initiative as "anti-reform." However, the spokesman has criticized two other initiatives on California's electoral vote that have been proposed by Democrats.
On Special Report, Brit Hume reported that "[t]he Senate Judiciary Committee's latest deadline for the White House to comply with its subpoena for documents relating to warrantless -- allegedly warrantless wiretaps has come and gone." Contrary to Hume's assertion, administration officials have admitted that the National Security Agency has engaged in warrantless wiretapping.
Fox News' Jim Angle asserted that the upcoming report to Congress on the Iraq war will be "General David Petraeus' report." In fact, the bill mandating the report requires that President Bush submit the report to Congress and that Petraeus "be made available to testify in open and closed sessions before the relevant committees of the Congress." Similarly, a Washington Post editorial contradicted its own paper's reporting in asserting that Petraeus is "expected to elaborate" on his claims of progress in Iraq "in a report to Congress in September."