In reporting on House ethics committee chairman Doc Hastings's announcement that the committee would investigate the scandal surrounding Rep. Mark Foley, numerous media outlets ignored questions regarding Hastings's appointment as chairman in February 2005 and his conduct since taking over the post.
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CBS and NBC have almost completely ignored Roll Call's revelation that a House committee is preparing to release a bipartisan report documenting closer ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff than the Bush White House previously acknowledged.
Bill O'Reilly claimed that "religious fundamentalists" have "no influence in the media at all" and stated: "I don't know of one religious fundamentalist in Congress, not one. I don't know one governor who's a religious fundamentalist." In fact, Republican politicians and conservative media figures -- including Sen. George F. Allen, Gov. Mike Huckabee, and right-wing pundit Ann Coulter -- attended the recent Values Voters Summit 2006, an event sponsored by numerous Christian-right interest groups.
In her first appearance as a CBS "political consultant," former White House communications director Nicolle Wallace repeated several talking points recently advanced by the Bush administration.
During an Associated Press interview, discussing the President Clinton-Chris Wallace Fox News Sunday interview, Fox News chief Roger Ailes accused Clinton of an "assault on Wallace" and an "assault on all journalists," when Clinton forcefully responded to Wallace's question about why he did not "do more to put Al Qaeda and bin Laden out of business" when he was president.
The Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press reported House Majority Leader John Boehner's suggestion that Democratic opponents of the GOP-backed detainee legislation were refusing to "work with Republicans." Neither outlet noted that Democrats had offered 15 amendments to the bill that were barred from consideration by the Republican-led House Rules Committee.
Fox News host Jane Skinner aired a commercial produced by Sen. Rick Santorum's re-election campaign suggesting that the "campaign team" employed by his Democratic challenger, Bob Casey Jr., is made up of cigar-smoking crooks. Skinner failed entirely to inform viewers that none of the four supposed Casey contributors depicted in the spot has actually given any money to his Senate campaign and that two of them have, in fact, contributed to Santorum's re-election bid, according to recent reports.
In a New York Times article, Jim Rutenberg characterized the White House's ploy of using flatly false, straw-man arguments and the Democrats' reaction to it as a difference of perception, rather than as Democrats accurately accusing the Bush administration of misrepresenting their arguments. Additionally, Rutenberg forwarded a second Republican rhetorical deception -- distancing the party from terminology it coined, "stay the course," later found to be troublesome.
Fox News dedicated its coverage of an interview of President Clinton by Chris Wallace to portraying Wallace as the victim, while depicting Clinton as having a "complete meltdown," an "angry explosion," a "volcanic reaction," and as going on a "tirade" during the interview.
ABC's World News Sunday reported Rev. Jerry Falwell's September 22 attack comparing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to "Lucifer" and quoted Tony Perkins attacking Democrats who discuss their faith. ABC did not, however, include Clinton's response to Falwell's comments, nor did the network note that for all of Perkins's talk of a "disconnect" between Democratic faith and policy, some religious groups have identified what they say are inconsistencies between Christian tenets and GOP policies as well.
Matt Lauer failed to ask Sen. John McCain if he still trusts the White House to abide by the terms of a deal on detainee treatment, in light of President Bush's signing statement accompanying McCain's anti-torture bill in December 2005.