On Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity said to Fox News contributor Geraldine Ferraro: "[Y]ou've been one of the Clinton supporters that have been very vocal, very unhappy about the way [Sen. Barack] Obama treated [Sen. Hillary] Clinton." Ferraro responded: "And the media treated Clinton." Hannity said: "No, I think I was more fair to the Clintons." In fact, during the Democratic presidential primaries, Hannity asserted: "I'm leading the Stop Hillary Express." Hannity also reportedly referred to his nationally syndicated radio program as "The Stop Hillary Express" during the time and has repeatedly advanced smears of the Clintons.
CBS' Jeff Greenfield reported that President Clinton "offered a decidedly lukewarm endorsement of Obama's credentials," but Greenfield aired only a small portion of a response Clinton gave to the question from ABC's Kate Snow: "Is he ready to be president?" Greenfield did not air Clinton saying: "I mean, I certainly learned a lot about the job in my first year. ... He's shown a keen strategic sense and his ability to run an effective campaign. He clearly can inspire people and motivate people and energize them, which is a very important part of being president, and he's smart as a whip so there's nothing he can't learn."
NBC's Chuck Todd responded to video of former President Bill Clinton saying of Sen. Barack Obama, "I think we have two choices. I think he [Obama] should win, and I think he will win," by falsely claiming that Clinton failed to make "a choice between Obama and McCain." In falsely asserting that Clinton had given a "non-endorsement" of Obama, Todd also left out Clinton's statement that he would "absolutely" campaign for Obama.
On Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity aired a deceptively cropped statement from Bill Clinton's remarks at the Aspen Ideas Festival in asserting that Clinton was "obviously taking a shot at Senator [John] McCain," omitting the context showing that Clinton was discussing what Nelson Mandela means to him. Hannity also falsely asserted that Clinton's statement and recent comments by Wesley Clark were part of "a series of attacks on Senator McCain's military record."
Three Fox & Friends co-hosts repeatedly asserted that former President Bill Clinton recently "attack[ed]" Sen. John McCain's "selfless heroism at the Hanoi Hilton," in Andrew Napolitano's words, and two of the hosts -- Napolitano and Gretchen Carlson -- falsely suggested that Clinton's statement and recent comments by retired Gen. Wesley Clark were part of a coordinated effort by Sen. Barack Obama's campaign to "attack" McCain's service. But the Fox & Friends co-hosts provided no evidence that Clinton's comments were intended to refer to McCain; nor did they provide the context of those remarks.
On MSNBC Live, Contessa Brewer falsely claimed that former President Bill Clinton "reportedly told London's The Telegraph paper that [Sen.] Barack Obama was going to, quote, 'have to kiss my you-know-what,' unquote, if he wanted the former president's help." In fact, the Telegraph article quoted an anonymous "senior Democrat who worked for Mr Clinton," who in turn cited another anonymous source: "One person told me that Bill said Obama would have to quote kiss my ass close quote, if he wants his support."
Despite the absence in a June 11 New York Times article of on-the-record evidence of a Clinton "enemies list," MSNBC interviewed New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich twice and devoted a total of nearly 25 minutes to the topic in at least 10 separate segments that day.
Chris Matthews asserted that former President Bill Clinton "made a series of remarks about Barack Obama that turned off many Democrats and may have helped galvanize black voters for Obama." Matthews then aired an abbreviated clip of Clinton's January 7 comments, "This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen," leaving out his preceding comments in which Clinton made clear that he was talking about Obama's statements regarding the Iraq war and not Obama's campaign.
Discussing a New York Times article reporting on a trip by former President Bill Clinton to Kazakhstan with Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra, Tucker Carlson stated: "Bill Clinton, the former president, out there, contravening official American foreign policy on behalf of some anti-democratic dictator so his buddy can get rich and he can get rich as a result? It's like unbelievable." In fact, The New York Times did not report that Clinton received money from Giustra for himself; rather, Giustra donated money to Clinton's foundation.
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh claimed that Sen. Hillary Clinton is "in the Northeast ... surrounded by her good old ... white female new castrati male base, while her husband, Bill, pays penance -- left to deal in South Carolina, while she's up with her people, the whites and the less-than-blacks." Other media figures have also used various forms of "castrati" in reference to Clinton and her supporters, including Chris Matthews, who once questioned people who have endorsed Clinton, saying, "[A]ren't you appalled at the willingness of these people to become castratos in the eunuch chorus here or whatever they are?"
CNN's Wolf Blitzer asserted, as did a Washington Post blog entry, that Bill Clinton "lashed out" at CNN congressional correspondent Jessica Yellin after she asked him a question following a campaign event in South Carolina that day. Recounting the exchange to Blitzer, Yellin agreed, "He lashed out, Wolf." Similarly, an ABCNews.com report described a "testy exchange" between Barack Obama and New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny. But videos of the two exchanges do not support these sensational descriptions.