The Associated Press, Fox News' Major Garrett, ABC's Jake Tapper, and The Washington Post's Peter Baker all reported or suggested that Senate Democrats wanted to limit debate on an Iraq resolution to two proposals and not include a third proposal by Republican Sen. Judd Gregg. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said during debate on the Senate floor that he had offered to schedule an up-or-down vote on all three resolutions but "was turned down" by the Republican leadership.
In a graphic titled "Dissonance in the Senate," The Washington Post purported to distinguish between four groups of members, including "The President's Men," who "back the president to the hilt" and the "Disillusioned Believers," "[l]ed by Sens. John McCain and Joe Lieberman," who are "vexed by what these senators see as a mismanaged war plagued by mistakes" and "want to extract a price."
On CNN Headline News' Glenn Beck, Mike Allen asked of Iraq, "[Y]ou think President Bush doesn't want to be out of there? Hull-oh. Who still wants to be in Iraq in 2009? It's not like they're choosing it." However, at an August 2006 press conference, Bush responded to a reporter's question about Iraq by saying, "We're not leaving, so long as I'm the president." Bush's term ends January 20, 2009.
Neil Cavuto hosted "gold star mom" Debra Argel Bastian, who blasted Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-NY) position on Iraq as having "more waffles than the House of Pancakes" and of "playing God." Bastian also repeated the discredited claim that "Clinton "banned the military uniform from the White House." Cavuto interviewed no one else to balance Bastian's attacks and did not mention Bastian's links to the conservative group Move America Forward.
On The Situation Room, Wolf Blitzer did not challenge the undersecretary of state for political affairs, Nicholas Burns, when he stated that there is "incontrovertible evidence that the Iranians have been giving very sophisticated explosive technology to Shia insurgent groups" in Iraq. In particular, he did not mention that a dossier detailing the evidence to which Burns referred was delayed reportedly due to concerns within the government that it may not be strong enough.
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Brit Hume mischaracterized a Washington Post report as asserting that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's 2002 report had debunked allegations that Iraq had tried to buy uranium from Niger. Hume then attempted to refute the Post's purported assertion -- which the article did not make. Hume baselessly claimed, contrary to the CIA's report on Wilson's findings, that Wilson told the CIA he interpreted talk of a meeting about "commercial relations" between the then-Nigerien prime minister and Iraqis as being about uranium.
Rush Limbaugh compared the number of murders in Philadelphia to American military deaths in Iraq; in fact, the rate of military deaths in Iraq is far higher than the murder rate in Philadelphia.
Cal Thomas is the latest conservative figure to use the TV show 24 to forecast a nuclear attack on the United States. Conservatives have also looked to the TV series for justification of aggressive interrogation procedures.