Discussing President Bush's threat to veto a bill expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program, NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon stated: "The president vetoed the last one, but lawmakers said they've made some important changes to the bill, which, as Senator [Mitch] McConnell often reminds interviewers, began as a program under a Republican president." In fact, in a September 27 statement, McConnell credited a Republican Congress -- not, as Simon said, a Republican president -- for the program, which was signed into law by President Clinton.
In reporting on the House's vote to pass a revised bill expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Fox News' Major Garrett asserted, "Congress' own accounting office said the new SCHIP bill would cover fewer children and at greater cost than the original bill." In fact, the Congressional Budget Office said that the revised bill would cover as many children in SCHIP and Medicaid as the original bill would have covered.
In articles on the recent congressional vote to override President Bush's veto of the SCHIP bill, The Washington Times and the Politico uncritically reported that Republicans are urging Democrats to seek a compromise, but did not note that the legislation Bush vetoed represented a bipartisan compromise.
A Politico article discussing political strategy on the State Children's Health Insurance Program expansion bill reported that "[t]he Democratic-controlled Congress has couched SCHIP in the context of children" and that "Republicans ... have focused their strategy on money." Beyond failing to explain what is remarkable about Democrats' "couch[ing]" a children's health bill "in the context of children," the article also ignored reports that Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) office promoted conservative bloggers' smears of Graeme Frost and his family.
On MSNBC Live, discussing Democrats' efforts to override President Bush's veto of the SCHIP bill, Contessa Brewer stated that "even conservative Republican presidential candidates are trying to sidestep this issue." However, several of the leading Republican candidates have spoken in support of Bush's veto, including Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney.
A Wall Street Journal editorial claimed that President Bush's proposed $5 billion increase in funding over five years for the State Children's Health Insurance Program would be a "20% expansion." But the Congressional Budget Office found that Bush's proposal would underfund the program by $9 billion during that period.
A Washington Post article reported on a public advisory announced by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition that contradicted FDA recommendations concerning how much seafood pregnant and breast-feeding women should consume, but the article did not note that organizations affiliated with the coalition reportedly do not support the advisory, or that the coalition received financial backing from a self-described "advocacy organization for the seafood industry."
Fox News' Neil Cavuto juxtaposed a video clip of children pulling red wagons in front of the White House as part of a recent demonstration against President Bush's threatened veto of legislation to increase funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program with a still image of Saddam Hussein and a British boy that was taken in a TV interview in which Saddam appeared with Western hostages in the lead-up to the Persian Gulf War.
In reports on President Bush's latest threat to veto legislation increasing funding by $35 billion for a health plan for poor children, neither NBC's Nightly News, ABC's World News, nor the CBS Evening News noted that Bush's alternative proposal -- a $5 billion expansion over five years -- would, according to the Congressional Budget Office, underfund the program by approximately $9* billion.