Summary: In the book A Bound Man, author Shelby Steele distorts comments Michelle Obama made about Sen. Barack Obama on 60 Minutes in which she said that "as a black man, you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station." Steele asserts that Barack Obama "was at virtually no risk of being shot by a white racist on the way to the gas station" and claims that his wife's comments were "facilitating her race's manipulation of the American mainstream." In fact, Michelle Obama never said her husband could be shot by "a white racist"; she never specified who she thought posed a threat.
An Investor's Business Daily editorial claimed that "the core" of Sen. Barack Obama's "faith -- whether lapsed Muslim, new Christian or some mixture of the two -- is African nativism" and asked: "Would Obama put African tribal or family interests ahead of U.S. interests?" The editorial's claims about Obama's faith being "lapsed Muslim, new Christian or some mixture of the two" echo widely debunked allegations that Obama is or ever has been a Muslim.
The Hill misquoted Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's January 7 comments about civil rights by presenting two different parts of Clinton's statement as one continuous quote without indicating that words had been omitted.
A New York Times article asserted that at a recent event, Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, "nimbly entwin[ed] references to violence with her more usual admonitions that a history of racism and despair should not keep her husband" from office. But the article did not provide any specific quote from Obama's speech to support its claim that she had "entwin[ed] references to violence" or that she "evok[ed] dangers," as the headline stated. Moreover, the article acknowledged that "[n]ot everyone detected a double message in Mrs. Obama's remarks." Nonetheless, the Times cited purported complaints by unnamed "critics" that "raising the specter of violence is nothing more than an attempt to raise Senator Obama to mythic stature."
An Associated Press article reported that House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn "expressed disappointment with Clinton after she said it took President Lyndon B. Johnson, a white politician, to finally realize King's dream of racial equality by signing the Civil Rights Act." But that is not what Clinton said.
Articles in Newsweek and The Washington Post mischaracterized a remark by former President Bill Clinton, claiming that he appeared to dismiss Sen. Barack Obama's campaign as "the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen." In fact, Clinton was referring to Obama's statements about his position on the Iraq war; he was not talking about the Obama campaign as the "biggest fairy tale." Further, the Newsweek article, as well as a New York Times article and a Washington Post op-ed, all truncated a comment by Hillary Clinton on the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1960s, omitting a portion of her remarks in which she referred to President John F. Kennedy.
On Hardball, Chris Matthews asked Bill Richardson: "What do you make of Hillary Clinton's performance on Saturday night right before the New Hampshire primary, this past Saturday night? There's been a lot of talk about this, the role that we in the media, that I personally played. There's a whole kind of -- all kind of discussion about the boys perhaps tackling the one woman candidate."
During the early evening of January 8, the day of the New Hampshire primaries, Bill Bennett said on CNN: "The Clintons come in like George McGovern and go out like Richard Nixon. I think they're going out, by the way." Later, Bennett also stated: "Count Hillary Clinton out of this." But after CNN called the primary for Clinton that night, Bennett commented, "You know, watching the mainstream media saying that she was done and finished -- for a conservative Republican, where do I go? Do I side with the Clintons or do I side with the mainstream media?" At no point did Bennett mention his earlier comments.
During an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, NBC News' David Shuster mocked co-host Joy Behar of ABC's The View for her criticism of MSNBC host Chris Matthews' recent comments about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in which Matthews attributed Clinton's political success to her husband's "mess[ing] around." Shuster stated, "Yeah, you know, Joy Behar is well known for her political analysis" and then rolled his eyes, before purporting to "impersonat[e]" Behar.
On Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity asked Louis Freeh, Rudy Giuliani's "Senior Homeland Security Advisor" and Delaware campaign chair: "Do you see any strength on national security in the Democrats?" Freeh replied, "No, I don't see any strength on that side." Additionally, as in previous interviews with Giuliani himself, Hannity did not disclose that he has reportedly raised money for Giuliani.
On his CNN Headline News show, Glenn Beck said of John Edwards: "I listened to him last night give a speech, and, I mean, why not just start wearing the Soviet star on your head and the Workers World Party?" Beck added: "Good Lord in heaven. Was it a mistake for him to go after her [Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton] for crying and then also to join this great Soviet state?"
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Bill O'Reilly stated that "some NBC commentators continue to slam Senator Clinton" and aired a video clip of MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews' comment about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton: "[T]he reason she's a U.S. senator, the reason she's a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around." O'Reilly called Matthews' comment "rough" and said: "We don't do that here. We would never say that Senator Clinton got her job because her husband messed around. I mean, that is -- that is a personal attack. And it is questionable whether a network should allow that or not."
A USA Today editorial stated that Rudy Giuliani "finished dismally in New Hampshire, but his ignore-the-little-states strategy could pay off with a Jan. 29 win in Florida." On Fox & Friends, Michael Reagan asserted that Giuliani is "sitting down in Florida. By the time they [the primaries] get to Florida, they may not even remember who Rudy Giuliani is." And on The Journal Editorial Report, Daniel Henninger said of Giuliani, "He's skipping New Hampshire." In fact, on the January 8 edition of Today, Giuliani himself said, "We've actually spent the most time in New Hampshire and then Florida is right behind that."
In discussions and reports on the New Hampshire primaries, numerous media outlets and personalities praised Sen. John McCain as authentic, real, exhibiting "flinty independence," and a "maverick," and described him as "Mr. Straight Talk."