On The Chris Matthews Show, Newsweek chief political correspondent Howard Fineman said he doesn't see "a serious answer from the Democrats of how to better make us safe in the world from terrorism," while Bloomberg reporter Janine Zacharia added that "[t]he Democrats have no alternative." In fact, the Democrats have released a comprehensive security plan.
On Fox News' The Big Story, John Gibson falsely claimed that former Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was recently killed in Iraq by American forces, "attacked" and "blew up" the USS Cole in October 2000. In fact, according to the 9-11 Commission report, the attack on the Cole was an Al Qaeda operation that was "supervised and directed" by Osama bin Laden.
On his nationally syndicated radio program, Michael Savage reacted to a San Francisco Chronicle article bearing the headline "How Aide's Betrayal Doomed al-Zarqawi" by saying the article is evidence that recently slain Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is "sort of a Jesus figure now to the liberals." Savage continued, saying that liberals "could turn him [Zarqawi] into a hero" even though Zarqawi "was an altogether piece of human offal, you know. He was like a [Rep. John P.] Murtha -- he was like a human Murtha."
The Washington Post again identified Rep. John P. Murtha as "pro-military," just as it repeatedly did following his call in November 2005 for the redeployment of U.S. troops out of Iraq. In doing so, the Post suggests that other Democrats are not "pro-military" and that Murtha's views on troop withdrawal are inconsistent with his "pro-military" reputation and record in Congress.
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In response to recent remarks by Mark Malloch Brown, the deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, who criticized "U.S. administrations of both parties" for allowing the U.N.'s "loudest detractors, such as Rush Limbaugh and Fox News," to define the international organization for the "U.S. heartland," Limbaugh and various other Fox News media figures smeared Brown, referring to him, in turn, as a "pointy-headed, elitist liberal" and "a phony."
On Fox News' The Big Story, host John Gibson and Republican strategist Ed Rollins suggested that attendees at the "big convention" for the "far-left-wing Daily Kos" weblog were "demoralized" by the death of Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Rollins said: "Well, they'll claim it's a conspiracy theory. That we knew their meeting was going on and that's why we did it [killed Zarqawi now]."
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."