Fox News host Neil Cavuto claimed, "You'd have a very tough time finding the [New York] Times devoting even a single day of front-page coverage to all of his [Saddam Hussein's] atrocities or murders or any of his thousands of victims over the years." He also falsely asserted that the Times has provided "[l]ots of coverage of his death. No coverage of the deaths that led to it." But the Times has given repeated front-page coverage to Saddam's brutality.
New York Times chief military correspondent Michael Gordon asserted that "President Bush did listen to his generals over the past year and a half, and he did as -- implement the strategy that General [George W.] Casey [Jr.] advocated, and it didn't work." Fox News host Fred Barnes asserted that "the president is not doing what his commanders on the ground have urged, mainly because their policy has failed." But these assertions ignore reporting that Bush had been determining troop levels in Iraq and has "never left the decision to commanders."
On Hardball, Chris Matthews asked why Sen. Jim Webb is "changing the subject" away from Iraq, falsely asserting that Webb "never did [that] during the campaign." In fact, Webb frequently discussed other issues during the campaign, including during two appearances on Hardball.
CNN correspondent Brian Todd warned that "an onslaught of subpoenas" from congressional Democrats could be seen as "payback" by voters. However, polling indicates that a majority of the public favors oversight of certain aspects of the Bush administration.
On Fox News, Mara Liasson claimed that President Bush is "trying to take control of his Iraq policy, and he's going to put his own imprint on it." But Bush is commander in chief of the armed forces and has famously declared that he is "the decider."
Fox News' Brit Hume said that the Associated Press "has been vindicated" over its report of six Iraqis who were purportedly burned alive, after the source for that article, Jamil Hussein, whose existence has been a subject of dispute among many conservative bloggers, was reportedly confirmed by Iraq's Interior Ministry to be an Iraqi police captain.