On his radio program, Michael Savage labeled as "vermin" and "scum" Iraqi civilians who have accused U.S. Marines of slaughtering innocent civilians in Haditha, Iraq, and claimed that the Marines being held in connection with the alleged Haditha massacre are "POWs [prisoners of war] ... being held in America by their own government." Furthermore, Savage attacked Time magazine reporter Tim McGirk, CNN host Wolf Blitzer, and Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA), who have commented on the alleged massacre, saying that they belong in "shackles."
Despite extensive reporting on June 8 on the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, broadcast and cable news reports made no reference to reports from 2004 that the Bush administration had as many as three opportunities to eliminate Zarqawi and his terrorist training camp prior to the Iraq war. Newspaper reports published June 9 likewise omitted mention of those missed opportunities.
On his radio show, Bill O'Reilly alleged that an "unbelievably good source" had told him that Iran's strategy is to "make life so difficult for America that people do change administrations and they get a softer president in 2008." O'Reilly added that according to his anonymous source, Iran believes that this "softer" administration will allow Iran to "expand their brand of Islam throughout all of the Middle East."
On MSNBC's Imus in the Morning, host Don Imus and co-host Bernard McGuirk speculated that the "liberal elite news media" would consider the death of Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi "bad news."
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On his radio program, Bill Bennett referred to CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour as "Aman-bleakness" and accused her of trying to "get some bad news" out of the killing of Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He also misrepresented a report by CNN Arab affairs correspondent Octavia Nasr, whom he called "Octavia Unhappiness Person."
On Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham continued her criticism of the media's coverage of the Iraq war, claiming that the "dinosaur" and "unsympathetic" media "today has pretty much concluded that this is a loser. The Iraq thing is a loser." Ingraham also said that she was "surprised" that in the wake of a car bomb explosion that killed two CBS News crew members and severely wounded correspondent Kimberly Dozier, NBC president Steve Capus would criticize her for saying that reporters in Iraq should report from the field instead of "reporting from hotel balconies." Ingraham then downplayed her original comments from March 21, claiming she said that reporting from Iraq should be about "talking to the troops" when in fact, in her original comments, Ingraham said that reporters should "go out with the Iraqi military."
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While announcing that he is "going down to Guantánamo Bay on Friday" to become "the first journalist ... to interrogate the interrogators" there, Bill O'Reilly mocked concerns about the use of torture techniques in interrogations. O'Reilly declared that according to "the far-left press," "[d]egrading treatment" could consist of "mocking the guy's turban" and "torture" could be merely "call[ing] a guy a name."
During interviews with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on CBS' Face the Nation, Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday, and CNN's Late Edition, the shows' hosts noted that the Bush administration's recent offer to hold direct talks with Iranian officials on its nuclear program is a significant shift for the White House. But none of the hosts asked Rice to explain why the shift in policy came now rather than in 2003, when the U.S. reportedly rejected an overture from Iran in which the country pledged to suspend its "endeavors to develop or possess WMD" in exchange for concessions from the United States.
On MSNBC's Countdown, Iraq War veteran Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), joined Olbermann in demanding an apology from Fox News host Bill O'Reilly for falsely accusing American troops of massacring German soldiers at Malmédy, Belgium, during World War II. Rieckhoff said in an interview with Olbermann, "I think he needs to issue an apology. We all ask that, all the veterans of our country ask that, and I think it's the responsible thing to do."
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On Fox News' Your World, Jonathan Hoenig, managing member of Capitalistpig Asset Management LLC, asserted that bombing Iran would raise the Dow Jones industrial average. Hoening stated: "[F]rankly, if you want to see the Dow go up, let's get the bombers in the air and neutralize this Iranian threat. We've gone to the negotiating table, we have danced around with these people" and "that's not going to help this country nor the stock market." During the discussion, host Neil Cavuto stated that "the message is just, 'Avoid people with beards,' " after airing a split-screen shot of Federal Reserve Chief Benjamin S. Bernanke and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Both have beards.
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Rush Limbaugh predicted that the response to the alleged murders at Haditha from Democrats, the left, and the media would be a "gang rape ... to finally take us out in the war against Iraq." As noted by Media Matters, other conservative media figures have echoed Limbaugh's comment that the media is "gleeful" about the Haditha incident, including Michelle Malkin, Bill O'Reilly, and Tony Blankley.
On MSNBC's Hardball, Chris Matthews asserted that there may have been justification for regarding as "part of the bad guys" Iraqi civilians living in the houses next to where an improvised explosive device that killed a U.S. Marine in Haditha was planted. Matthews also defended the military's reported attempt to cover up the details of the killings, stating: "I can see doing it for patriotic reasons."
Tony Blankley said that the reporting of the alleged massacre by U.S. troops of civilians in Haditha "is already being used by the opponents of the president" as a "blood libel," a term that has most frequently been used to accuse Jews of murdering non-Jews, especially children, and using their blood to make Passover matzoh, and that "the over-reporting of it by a gleeful media is more damaging to the country than any other single fact."
On Fox News Watch, syndicated columnist Cal Thomas complained of "an imbalance" in the media coverage of the alleged killings of Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines in Haditha, Iraq, because "[e]very time we see one of these atrocities ... we never hear much about the atrocities of the other side. Certainly not by name, certainly not the killing of women and children and innocent people on the other side." But Thomas has previously alleged that the media focus too heavily on the violence in Iraq and that public opposition to the war in Iraq is a direct result of such reporting.
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh admitted he had aired a phone call from a purported Air Force officer in Iraq who the military says "[d]oes not exist." The apparently phony officer, who Limbaugh said identified himself as "Lieutenant Colonel Luke Fitzpatrick" of the "336th Tactical Air Wing," delivered what Limbaugh described as a "profound" and "mov[ing]" message. But despite acknowledging that Pentagon officials and the Air Force told him they have no record of a "Luke Fitzpatrick" or a "336th Tactical Air Wing," Limbaugh nonetheless continued to float the possibility that the caller was in fact an officer in Iraq.