Following U.S. Sen. John Kerry's appearance on CBS' Face the Nation, conservative weblogs and radio hosts falsely claimed that he had called American troops "terrorists" while ignoring the substance behind his statement. The distortion eventually found its way into the mainstream press.
On MSNBC News Live, NBC News correspondent Chip Reid reported that some Democrats are concerned they may be "portrayed as the cut-and-run party" for the 2006 elections. But "cut and run" is a Republican term used to disparage Democratic proposals advocating timetables and plans for U.S. troop withdrawal in Iraq.
An AP article about the assessment of the United States' counterterrorism performance by former members of the 9-11 Commission noted but did not challenge the Bush administration's claim that it supported the commission during its investigation into the events surrounding 9-11.
Bill O'Reilly said that U.S. troops should have "destroyed" the Iraqi city of Fallujah "a long time ago" as a "message" to insurgents.
A Washington Times editorial misleadingly cited outdated polling data to show that Americans are evenly divided about whether it was worth it go to war in Iraq in the first place.
A Washington Times editorial gave readers a distorted impression of how quickly Iran could construct nuclear weapons.
Although President Bush and his administration routinely described Iraq as an "urgent," "gathering," or "mortal" threat, Michael Barone claimed The New York Times made a "howling error" in reporting that the administration said Saddam Hussein posed an "imminent" threat.
While appearing on Fox News Sunday, Fox News' Brit Hume and NPR's Mara Liasson mischaracterized Rep. Murtha's Iraq redeployment plan as "pull out now." In fact, no prominent Democratic political figure, including Murtha, has proposed pulling out of Iraq immediately.
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