NBC correspondent Pete Williams falsely claimed that Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. was following Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's precedent in his dissent in favor of spousal notification in an abortion-rights case and that O'Connor subsequently "changed her mind." In fact, that case, upon its appeal to the Supreme Court, was O'Connor's first ruling on spousal notification.
CNN reported the release of a 1985 memorandum in which Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. advocated overturning Roe v. Wade; however, the document was the same as a June 3, 1985, memo released by the archives more than three weeks ago. While CNN covered this memo extensively during the first three hours after the story broke, it waited more than four and a half hours to cover a newly released 1984 document in which Alito defended the government's power to order warrantless domestic wiretaps.
Major news outlets ignored President Bush's decision not to attend the once-a-decade White House Conference on Aging, where, according to the Palm Beach Post, he was the target of "a stinging rebuke" and where delegates refused to embrace "the Medicare drug law or Bush's call for private Social Security investment accounts." Outlets focused instead on Bush's speech at a Virginia event designed to promote the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
Chris Matthews and guests Gloria Borger and Cynthia Tucker misrepresented Democrats on the issue of abortion. Borger described Sen. Hillary Clinton's remarks on making abortion "safe, legal, and rare" as "transparent" political posturing, despite her having made a very similar statement in 1999; Tucker said President Clinton did nothing to make abortion "safe, legal, and rare" despite a declining national abortion rate throughout his presidency.
National Review editor Rich Lowry repeated the misleading claim that "only about 5 percent of Wal-Mart employees are on Medicaid, the same proportion as other retailers."
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