Several media reports have noted that Sen. Judd Gregg cited concerns about the census in a press release announcing that he was withdrawing his nomination for secretary of commerce. But those reports ignored Gregg's subsequent statement during a press conference that the census was "not a major issue" in his decision to withdraw.
Teasing a segment on Hardball echoing the Politico's suggestion that political family dynasties are largely a Democratic phenomenon, Chris Matthews said, "if the Republicans are the party of family values, the Democrats sure seem to be the party of family ties." On-screen text during the segment read: "Democratic Nepotism?" But, as MSNBC failed to do in a similar segment earlier, Matthews did not note that, in the last 10 years, two Republican senators have been appointed to their fathers' Senate seats.
In a Politico article titled "Nepotism Nation: Dems embrace dynasty politics," Charles Mahtesian wrote that President-elect Barack Obama's "election last month is helping accelerate the trend toward dynasty politics." But while noting that "[t]here is a rich bipartisan history of dynasty in American politics" and that Jeb Bush might run for Senate in 2010, Mahtesian did not mention that Republican Lisa Murkowski was appointed by her father to take the Alaska Senate seat he left vacant when he was elected governor.
In a report on an exchange between Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama, in which McCain falsely suggested that Obama said that Al Qaeda was not currently in Iraq, the Politico left out part of Obama's response proving that McCain's suggestion was false.