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.
On MSNBC's Hardball, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council claimed that "the majority of Americans identify themselves as pro-life," even though recent polls show otherwise.
Without offering any supporting evidence, a Wall Street Journal editorial claimed that "plenty of data" indicate "high customer satisfaction" with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), the focal point of President Bush's healthcare plan. But the Employee Benefit Research Institute has found significant levels of dissatisfaction among people covered by the high-deductible, HSA-style plans.
Fox News' Major Garrett falsely claimed that the House of Representatives report on Hurricane Katrina verified Fox News reporting that Louisiana officials prevented the American Red Cross from delivering needed supplies to the Louisiana Superdome in the aftermath of the storm. In fact, the report highlighted the testimony of Red Cross senior vice president Joseph C. Becker, who said, "[W]e were asked by state and federal officials not to enter New Orleans."
Rush Limbaugh said that Wal-Mart should charge "a thousand bucks a pill," for emergency contraception pills because "the last place you want to be is between a ... liberal woman and her morning-after pill."
A Washington Post article characterized a Senate vote blocking a bill that would have created a trust fund for asbestos victims as a "victory for Democrats and their trial-lawyer allies." In fact, 11 Republicans voted with Democrats to prevent the bill from moving forward.
An Associated Press article failed to inform readers that White House press secretary Scott McClellan, during his noon press briefing on February 14, withheld from reporters the fact that the man Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot had suffered a heart attack earlier that morning. Moreover, the AP article left the false impression that McClellan had indeed informed reporters of this development.
Far-right Christian author and American Vision president Gary DeMar was the guest on the February 2 edition of American Family Radio's Today's Issues. In the past, DeMar has advocated the installation of a theocratic government in the United States in which homosexuals, adulterers, and abortion doctors would be executed.
The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal reported on February 3 that the revised 10-year cost estimates of President Bush's Medicare prescription drug plan were less than earlier projected -- $678 billion, as opposed to $737 billion estimated in August 2005. In fact, while they were less than August 2005 projections, they were far more than the $400 billion estimate the administration provided Congress when trying to get the votes to approve the plan.
Commenting on a Massachusetts lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart over its refusal to stock emergency contraception pills, Rush Limbaugh said that "the most dangerous place you can be is between a liberal woman and her morning-after pill."
CNN political analyst and former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK) accused Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine of falsely claiming during the Democratic response to President Bush's State of the Union address that Republicans in Congress are cutting funding for student loans and have tried to cut Medicaid funds. In fact, bills already passed by the House and the Senate include $12.7 billion in spending cuts to student loan programs and approximately $7 billion in spending cuts to Medicaid.
In his first appearance since being hired by CNN, Bill Bennett defended his September 2005 comment that "you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down" by falsely asserting that the topic "was a matter that had been under discussion in articles and newspapers and in some discussions of books."
A Washington Post article on the 33rd March for Life protest at the Supreme Court quoted several participants and organizers, reporting that they "see ... a societal tide turning against" Roe v. Wade. Not one abortion rights supporter was quoted in the article, nor did it note that public opinion polls continue to show that a majority of Americans oppose overturning Roe.
Washington Post columnist George F. Will repeated the misleading claim that Wal-Mart workers "are only slightly more likely to collect Medicaid than the average among the nation's large retailers."
Sean Hannity repeated radio host Bill Bennett's false claim that Bennett was simply quoting from the book Freakonomics when he made controversial comments regarding blacks, crime, and abortion.