Discussing congressional Republicans' willingness to oppose the Bush administration on the ports deal, Sean Hannity claimed that Republicans are not like Clinton supporters "that defended the indefensible." But from Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay to CNN analyst Bill Bennett's controversial abortion remarks and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson's comparison of embryonic stem cell research to Nazi experiments, Hannity has gone to astonishing lengths to defend what are, at best, questionable remarks and actions, often with falsehoods of his own.
CNN ran a headline on its website referring to a political attack by RNC chairman Ken Mehlman as "Dems Indicted."
Weekly Standard executive editor Fred Barnes asserted that former Rep. Nick Lampson is "vulnerable to attack as a carpetbagger" in his race against Rep. Tom DeLay. It is true that, as Barnes noted, Lampson "used to represent a different district" and "moved into" Texas' 22nd Congressional District to run against DeLay. But in attacking Lampson, Barnes ignored some highly relevant facts: Lampson previously represented nearly one-fifth of what is now DeLay's district, and Lampson was defeated in his old district after it was reconfigured through a controversial redistricting plan spearheaded by DeLay.
Fox News host Brit Hume continued to tout the Associated Press' misleading March 3 "clarification" of a previous article about a pre-Katrina presidential briefing as justification for President Bush's claim -- debunked even at the time -- that "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."
A Wall Street Journal article on the constitutionality of South Dakota's recently passed abortion ban stated that Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito "expressed skepticism about abortion rights while working for the Reagan administration." However, the suggestion that Alito merely "expressed skepticism" about abortion rights mischaracterizes his clearly articulated view that there is no constitutional right to abortion.
Fox News correspondent Wendell Goler falsely claimed that "[s]tories in The Washington Post ... accused the Army Corps of Engineers of using substandard soil to rebuild the levees" in New Orleans and suggested that the Post omitted the Corps' side of the story. In fact, the Post, in three news articles, merely reported the concerns of engineering experts who have monitored the levee rebuilding effort; and contrary to Goler's suggestion, the Post's reports all included statements from the Corps of Engineers denying the scientists' accusations that the Corps had used substandard materials.
A Reuters article on former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff's disclosure to Vanity Fair that he "worked closely with many top Republicans, despite their claims to the contrary" ignored Abramoff's claims, in the same magazine article, of close ties with President Bush, White House senior adviser Karl Rove, and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
Hours after the Associated Press reported that former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff told Vanity Fair magazine he had close ties with President Bush and White House senior adviser Karl Rove, New York Times reporter Anne Kornblut cited what she called "good news" for the White House, which is that "no one's talking about Jack Abramoff anymore."
Fox News' John Gibson misrepresented a Washington Post article to baselessly claim that Democratic senators are "teed up for lie detector tests" in an FBI investigation into the disclosure of the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program. In fact, the Post reported that the Bush administration's efforts to curb leaks have included "a polygraph investigation inside the CIA," not among members of Congress.
Fox News falsely reported the White House claim that President Bush has never vetoed a bill "because Congress has always stayed below his spending limit." In fact, Bush signed the 2005 transportation bill, which cost $286.4 billion, after initially threatening to reject any bill that cost more than $256 billion.
Pat Robertson predicted that there will be another Supreme Court vacancy by "the end of this year."
On MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews repeatedly praised House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and New York U.S. Senate candidate KT McFarland, remarking that he was "proud" of Boehner and "can see this man's greatness," and describing McFarland as a "delightful candidate" who will "probably do very well in this uphill battle as the underdog."
Interviewing White House deputy press secretary Trent Duffy, Chris Matthews said to him: "See how much we get done when you come over here?" and "I wish we had you on every night."
On Fox News Sunday, Juan Williams said that he didn't think the Republicans are going to lose the House because "most people" aren't going to run on national issues. In fact, Williams was merely repeating what the Republican campaign strategy for 2006 will be but ignored the Democratic effort to capitalize on national issues in upcoming congressional races.
During a March 3 report on the sentencing of former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham for corruption, Fox News correspondent Anita Vogel did not once mention that Cunningham is a Republican.