A New York Times article about criticism of ABC's conduct of the April 16 Democratic presidential debate reported the comments of CNN's David Bohrman and noted that Bohrman "took particular issue with the lapel-flag question" posed to Sen. Barack Obama. But CNN has itself paid considerable attention to the flag pin flap.
Several media outlets have reported that Sen. John McCain's campaign justified refusing to release Cindy McCain's tax returns by citing Sen. John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, as "precedent." But they did not report that, in contrast with Cindy McCain, Heinz Kerry did release a part of her 2003 income tax return that showed "total income," which enabled The New York Times to analyze how she benefited from the Bush tax cuts. Such an analysis of how the McCains have benefited from the tax cuts -- which Sen. McCain supports extending permanently -- is not possible, based on the information his campaign has released on Cindy McCain's income.
Fox News' Major Garrett falsely claimed that Sen. Barack Obama's comments about Rev. Jeremiah Wright made during the April 16 Democratic presidential debate were "in conflict with his speech on that very subject." But in purporting to contrast Obama's reference during the debate to "comments not made by me but somebody who is associated with me that I have disowned" with Obama's assertion during his March 18 speech that "I can no more disown [Wright] than I can disown the black community," Garrett left out the next two sentences said in the debate exchange during which Obama made clear that he was not claiming to have "disowned" Wright, but to have disowned "[t]he comments" Wright made.
During his April 15 interview with Sen. John McCain, Chris Matthews failed to challenge McCain on a variety of issues, including Iraq, other foreign policy issues, campaign finance, and spending projects, despite purporting to ask "tough" questions.
On Hannity & Colmes, Dick Morris asserted that Hillary Clinton had worked as a "law student defending the Black Panther Party, and then she worked in a communist law firm." Co-host Alan Colmes then asked Morris, "Well, does it make Hillary a communist?" After Morris again stated that Clinton "was a supporter of the Black Panthers," Colmes interjected, "Wait a second. Does that make her a communist?" Morris replied: "No, at that time, at that point in her life, she may well have been." But Morris previously wrote in his book Rewriting History that "Hillary was no Communist, nor should her work in the ... firm imply that she was."
Discussing Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the White House, CNN's Wolf Blitzer stated that President Bush's comment that the United States is "among the most religious" countries in the world "sounded almost like a veiled rebuke of the controversial words that Barack Obama made." Ed Gillespie, counselor to the president, responded: "I think you're reading way too much into it," adding later, "[I]t's not a veiled anything."
MSNBC's David Shuster asserted that "[Sen. John] McCain also made clear he will continue to insist that Barack Obama stay in the public financing system for the general election as he promised," adding that the issue "could help McCain tarnish the image of Obama's political purity." But Shuster did not mention that McCain may be violating campaign finance laws by surpassing spending limits under the public financing system for the primary period.
MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer introduced a report about Sen. Barack Obama's appearance on HBO's Real Sports by saying, "[T]he Democratic presidential hopeful talked about how basketball shaped his life. And he seemed to take a shot at -- potentially -- his rival, Hillary Clinton." Brewer did not include the fully context of Obama's comments, which makes clear that he was not "tak[ing] a shot at" Clinton.
On Morning Joe, John Harwood asserted that Sen. John McCain's speech on the economy "trying to go after ... corporate greed" demonstrated that his "maverick brand is intact," and that "this is a guy who has established a brand for himself that has endured ... despite that phase in 2007 when he was getting a lot of flak for sort of flip-flopping and trying to court the right." However, The Washington Post reported that "tax cuts, mostly for corporations and wealthy individuals, remain the centerpiece of McCain's economic agenda."
Reporting on the DNC's lawsuit seeking to force the Federal Election Commission to rule on Sen. John McCain's withdrawal from the public financing system for the presidential primary, neither the Los Angeles Times nor NPR noted that FEC chairman David Mason has taken the position that McCain cannot opt out of public financing in the primary without FEC approval.
In an article on Sen. John McCain's economic proposals, The Wall Street Journal reported that McCain "famously opposed President Bush's tax cuts a few years ago, saying they would irresponsibly swell the budget deficit." But, while that is the reason McCain now gives for having previously opposed the tax cuts, it was not the reason he gave in a 2001 floor statement explaining his opposition, in which he criticized the tax cuts for disproportionately benefiting the wealthy.
Rush Limbaugh claimed that "the Islamofascists are actually campaigning for the election of Democrats" and that "Islamofascists from [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad to [Ayman] al-Zawahiri ... Osama bin Laden, whoever, are constantly issuing Democrat talking points." Limbaugh previously asserted that Ahmadinejad's May 2006 letter to President Bush contained "Democratic talking points."
On Hardball, Chris Matthews said to Sen. John McCain, "[W]e're back at Villanova, and we've had enough softball, Senator. It's time for the show to start here." Matthews continued: "Let me ask you a tough one here. We've done the Abu Ghraib stuff. We're getting to the domestic Abu Ghraib here. Is [Sen.] Barack Obama an elitist?"
Chris Matthews purports to be "tough" and "blunt" on his show, but he has been effusive on the subject of Sen. John McCain. Matthews recently asked how people could "still think [McCain is] a straight-talk maverick when he's been in league with the president," yet he repeatedly refers to McCain as a "maverick." So, the question is: Which Chris Matthews will show up for his one-hour interview with McCain on the April 15 edition of Hardball?