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.
In a WorldNetDaily.com "exclusive commentary," Les Kinsolving defended his false assertion that Fidel Castro "endorse[d]" a potential presidential ticket consisting of Democratic candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama by pointing out that "endorse" can also mean "[t]o give approval to; support; [and] sanction." In fact, while Castro described a potential Clinton-Obama presidential ticket as "seemingly invincible," he also attributed to Clinton and Obama a pro-democratic view that he called an "error" and wrote of them: "They are not making politics: they are playing a game of cards on a Sunday afternoon."
During a washingtonpost.com discussion, when John Solomon was asked why a recent article he co-wrote on fundraisers did not mention Alan B. Fabian -- Mitt Romney's recently indicted former national finance co-chairman -- he did not mention Fabian but claimed that the article included a passage on Robert Lichfield, another Romney fundraiser facing several lawsuits, but that "it was edited out," adding that this "sometimes happens ... to make room for late-breaking news."
On Special Report, Bret Baier uncritically aired President Bush's statement that "[i]f the kind of success we are now seeing continues, it will be possible to maintain the same level of security with fewer American forces" in Iraq. But neither Baier nor host Brit Hume noted that regardless of the level of security in Iraq -- as Wendell Goler reported on Special Report the previous day -- Bush's "military advisers have told him he can't keep the current deployment in Iraq beyond April or the Army itself will suffer."
The Washington Post and the Associated Press uncritically reported Bush's statement that "General [David] Petraeus and Ambassador [Ryan] Crocker tell me if the kind of success we are now seeing continues, it will be possible to maintain the same level of security with fewer American forces." But neither noted reports -- including by the AP -- that Petraeus and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have said that the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will have to decrease next year regardless of success.
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.