In an article on "what you might not know about" Sen. Barack Obama, The Washington Post's John Solomon wrote that, as a state senator, Obama "declined to take a position" on parental notification legislation, "voting 'present' instead of 'yes' or 'no.' " Solomon continued: "But five years earlier, he had filled out an issues questionnaire ... opposing such notifications." But Obama's "present" votes were reportedly part of a strategy he had worked out with the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council, which opposed the measures.
On Morning Joe, while discussing the controversy surrounding Mike Huckabee's 1992 statements about AIDS, Mika Brzezinski praised Huckabee for being "charming," "authentic," and "honest," and stated that the way he's handling the issue is "brilliant." In fact, Huckabee has claimed that he "didn't say that we should quarantine" AIDS patients, and he has asserted that "[t]here was still so much confusion about HIV transmission" at the time he made the statements in question. But as several news outlets pointed out, by 1992, it was widely known that AIDS could not be transmitted via casual contact.
Writing about reports that Mike Huckabee had suggested quarantining people with AIDS in 1992, Washington Post staff writer Perry Bacon Jr. uncritically reported: "As Huckabee's response to a questionnaire on AIDS began to circulate yesterday, his campaign issued a statement from him noting that in 1992 there was much confusion about how AIDS was spread." But an Associated Press article reported that "[w]hen Huckabee wrote his answers in 1992, it was common knowledge that AIDS could not be spread by casual contact."
In an entry on The Trail, titled "A Clinton Shift in Selling Health Plan," The Washington Post's Anne Kornblut wrote, "When Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) introduced her health care proposal, she emphasized its centrist nature: a business-friendly model that would allow consumers maximum choice," adding, "But ... Clinton honed in this weekend with a more traditionally liberal aspect of her plan: It would require all people to get health insurance, with a goal of achieving universal health care." In so doing, Kornblut suggested that Clinton's emphasis on the "universal" aspect of her health care plan is new, without offering any evidence to support that suggestion. In fact, when Clinton introduced her plan, she repeatedly referred to the fact that it is "universal" and "covers all Americans." And since introducing it, she has repeatedly stressed its focus on universal coverage.
In an interview on This Week, George Stephanopoulos did not challenge Fred Thompson's assertions that "I think ... that Roe versus Wade should be overturned" and that "I've had a pro-life voting record my entire career on every conceivable issue that came up before us for almost a decade." Similarly the Politico reported that Thompson "trumpeted his own anti-abortion credentials after receiving the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee." Neither Stephanopoulos nor the Politico noted that Thompson has reportedly expressed support for abortion rights, as well as for Roe v. Wade.
A Politico article cited health care as an issue on which Democratic "party leaders have shunned compromise" and cited the congressional debate over expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) as part of this purported "storyline." However, the Politico did not note that an earlier bill expanding SCHIP by $35 billion over five years -- which President Bush vetoed -- represented a bipartisan compromise.
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Discussing President Bush's threat to veto a bill expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program, NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon stated: "The president vetoed the last one, but lawmakers said they've made some important changes to the bill, which, as Senator [Mitch] McConnell often reminds interviewers, began as a program under a Republican president." In fact, in a September 27 statement, McConnell credited a Republican Congress -- not, as Simon said, a Republican president -- for the program, which was signed into law by President Clinton.
In reporting on the House's vote to pass a revised bill expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Fox News' Major Garrett asserted, "Congress' own accounting office said the new SCHIP bill would cover fewer children and at greater cost than the original bill." In fact, the Congressional Budget Office said that the revised bill would cover as many children in SCHIP and Medicaid as the original bill would have covered.
In articles on the recent congressional vote to override President Bush's veto of the SCHIP bill, The Washington Times and the Politico uncritically reported that Republicans are urging Democrats to seek a compromise, but did not note that the legislation Bush vetoed represented a bipartisan compromise.
A Politico article discussing political strategy on the State Children's Health Insurance Program expansion bill reported that "[t]he Democratic-controlled Congress has couched SCHIP in the context of children" and that "Republicans ... have focused their strategy on money." Beyond failing to explain what is remarkable about Democrats' "couch[ing]" a children's health bill "in the context of children," the article also ignored reports that Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) office promoted conservative bloggers' smears of Graeme Frost and his family.
On MSNBC Live, discussing Democrats' efforts to override President Bush's veto of the SCHIP bill, Contessa Brewer stated that "even conservative Republican presidential candidates are trying to sidestep this issue." However, several of the leading Republican candidates have spoken in support of Bush's veto, including Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney.
A Wall Street Journal editorial claimed that President Bush's proposed $5 billion increase in funding over five years for the State Children's Health Insurance Program would be a "20% expansion." But the Congressional Budget Office found that Bush's proposal would underfund the program by $9 billion during that period.