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In his Washington Post column, David Ignatius asserted that if Sen. Chuck Hagel decides to run for president in 2008, "he can claim to have been right about Iraq and other key issues earlier than almost any national politician, Republican or Democratic." However, Ignatius' claim is undermined by the fact that Hagel voted to authorize military action against Iraq in October 2002, which numerous Democrats vocally opposed at the time.
Fox & Friends conducted a one-on-one interview with Sen. James Inhofe for the second time in two weeks, during which he asserted that there is no "relationship between manmade gases and global warming." In fact, the scientific consensus view is that "human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming" of the planet.
During MSNBC's Battleground America coverage, Chris Matthews stated that Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. is "not as good a candidate as [Maryland Republican Senate candidate] Michael Steele," citing an incident in which Ford approached his opponent outside a campaign event. Matthews compared this to a 2000 presidential debate in which Al Gore approached George W. Bush; Matthews said Gore was "being a fool" and "a dork" for doing so. However, in a 2002 book, Matthews wrote that Gore "turned in his best performance" during that debate.
In an appearance on the "Free Speech" segment of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Sean Hannity falsely suggested that Al Gore "reversed course" on Iraq -- in fact, Gore has consistently opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq -- and, despite Hannity's own history of politically divisive statements, attributed the country's "divided" state to Democrats.
Tucker Carlson baselessly claimed that "nobody, especially his friends, wants to see Al Gore run for president," but recent polling indicates that respondents would choose Gore as the Democratic nominee for president in 2008 over all other potential challengers except for Sen. Hillary Clinton. He also repeated his earlier description of Gore as a "zealot."
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh "respectfully" disagreed with President Bush's statement that "I will never question the patriotism of somebody who disagrees with me," saying, "I am going to challenge the patriotism of people who disagree with him because the people that disagree with him want to lose."
New Republic special correspondent Thomas B. Edsall claimed that "the wing of the [Democratic] party that saw no strategic error in nominating McGovern, Dukakis, and Kerry still controls the primaries." In fact, exit polling from the 2000 and 2004 New Hampshire primaries and entrance polling from the 2000 and 2004 Iowa caucuses do not indicate that John Kerry and Al Gore performed better among "liberal elites."
In a column published in the Washington Blade, former Talon News "Washington Bureau Chief" Jeff Gannon falsely accused Media Matters of "waging an e-mail jihad and internet petition drive against MSNBC" "hours" after Ann Coulter called Al Gore a "total fag." In fact, Media Matters had posted the petition in question nearly two weeks earlier. In addition, the petition addresses "major television networks" and "the media" in general, not MSNBC specifically.
On The Beltway Boys, Fred Barnes falsely claimed that Al Gore "used to be a hawk" and that he has "flipped on Iraq." In fact, Gore has consistently opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
On MSNBC, Tucker Carlson said, "[I]t's fair to say that Al Gore is a religious zealot." Carlson previously called Gore a "wild-eyed religious nut" whose "religion is the environment."
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In his monthly Washington Post column, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace senior associate Robert Kagan assailed Al Gore for what he called an "astonishing reversal" on the United States' Iraq policy. Kagan did not identify the specific issue on which Gore has supposedly reversed himself.