Brit Hume mischaracterized a Washington Post report as asserting that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's 2002 report had debunked allegations that Iraq had tried to buy uranium from Niger. Hume then attempted to refute the Post's purported assertion -- which the article did not make. Hume baselessly claimed, contrary to the CIA's report on Wilson's findings, that Wilson told the CIA he interpreted talk of a meeting about "commercial relations" between the then-Nigerien prime minister and Iraqis as being about uranium.
On January 18, Brit Hume again asserted as fact that "Scooter" Libby did not commit the "actual leak" of Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA officer. The day before, Hume had stated that Libby was "not responsible" for leaking the information. However, prosecutors allege that Libby did discuss Plame's CIA employment with Judith Miller before it was made public; Miller herself confirmed this.
In their January 17 coverage of the Bush administration's "innovative" new approach to domestic surveillance, numerous television outlets called the development a "major change," a "sharp reversal," and an "about-face," but not one noted that the administration's explanations of its new approach have been highly ambiguous, leaving significant questions about the extent to which the administration is actually ceding authority to the courts.
Brit Hume asserted as fact that Lewis "Scooter" Libby was "not responsible" for leaking the information that Valerie Plame was a CIA officer. However, Libby's indictment alleges that he did discuss Plame's CIA employment with reporter Judith Miller before it was made public, and Miller herself reported this.