On The Situation Room, Bill Bennett defended Sen. John McCain against criticism he has received from radio host Laura Ingraham and other conservatives. But Bennett and host Wolf Blitzer both failed to disclose that Bennett has given more than $2,000 to McCain's presidential campaign.
Repeating the myth that social conservatives are the only political constituency that votes its "values," the January 24 USA Today twice referred to voters most inclined to support Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as "values voters." A front-page graphic claimed "Huckabee: Has drawn evangelicals and 'values voters,' " while an accompanying article noted that "Huckabee's strength is among just those kind of 'values voters' " who are "uncomfortable" with Rudy Giuliani.
In a Washington Times column, R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. wrote that Sen. Hillary Clinton's "experience ... includes lying under oath, and obstructing justice." But Clinton has never been charged with, let alone found guilty of, "lying under oath" or "obstructing justice."
A Washington Times article claimed that Rudy Giuliani "skipped the first six nomination contests"; in fact, Giuliani spent considerable time and money in Iowa and New Hampshire. Indeed, ABC News has reported that Giuliani held more events in New Hampshire than any other Republican except for Mitt Romney and spent more on TV ads there than anyone except for Romney and John McCain.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer asserted, as did a Washington Post blog entry, that Bill Clinton "lashed out" at CNN congressional correspondent Jessica Yellin after she asked him a question following a campaign event in South Carolina that day. Recounting the exchange to Blitzer, Yellin agreed, "He lashed out, Wolf." Similarly, an ABCNews.com report described a "testy exchange" between Barack Obama and New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny. But videos of the two exchanges do not support these sensational descriptions.
CNN's John King, Wolf Blitzer, and Jack Cafferty all mischaracterized Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign strategy in the early states, repeating the media myth that he chose not to compete in Iowa and New Hampshire. In fact, Giuliani himself has denied that his strategy was to skip the early states, telling NBC's Matt Lauer, "We've actually spent the most time in New Hampshire and then Florida is right behind that."
Hardball host Chris Matthews thanked fellow MSNBC personalities Joe Scarborough and David Shuster on-air for their support in the wake of the firestorm sparked by Matthews' January 9 comments attributing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's political successes to her husband's "mess[ing] around." Scarborough said that it was "outrageous that Chris Matthews ha[d] to apologize"; Shuster stated, "Nobody ... has contributed more in a positive way to our political discourse than Chris Matthews."
The CBS Evening News and CNN's The Situation Room noted Sen. John McCain's opposition to displays of the Confederate flag, but did not report that during the campaign for the South Carolina Republican primary in 2000, McCain had equivocated on whether the flag should fly atop South Carolina's state Capitol. Nor did the reports mention McCain's subsequent admission his equivocation "was an act of cowardice" and that he had "broke[n] [his] promise to always tell the truth" in order to try to "win the South Carolina primary" in 2000.
On January 18, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough said it was "outrageous that Chris Matthews ha[d] to apologize" following his January 9 comment, documented by Media Matters, in which he said that "the reason" Hillary Clinton is "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." By "apologize," Scarborough was referring to a statement Matthews made at the start of his January 17 show addressing the firestorm sparked by his earlier comments.
MSNBC repeatedly aired a campaign advertisement from Sen. John McCain's campaign attacking Sen. Hillary Clinton's support for a $1 million earmark for a museum at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival in New York, and other media outlets noted the ad. But none of these outlets reported that McCain had skipped the vote on removing the earmark.
Newsweek chief political correspondent Howard Fineman falsely claimed during MSNBC's coverage following the January 15 Democratic presidential candidates debate in Las Vegas that Sen. Barack Obama "admitt[ed] that he can't manage his way out of a paper bag while he's running for president of the United States."
On Hannity & Colmes, Dick Morris claimed that the Federal Election Commission "won't let us run" Hillary: The Movie, a film about Sen. Hillary Clinton, "in movie theaters," adding that "[t]he Clinton appointees [on the FEC] are blocking it." But David Bossie, the film's executive producer, was recently quoted as saying, "I can put it in theaters, I just can't let anybody know it's there," referring to an FEC requirement that Citizens United, which released the film, comply with disclosure requirements under campaign finance law to advertise the film.
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.