From the July 8 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
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On Good Morning America, ABC News' Claire Shipman confronted Glenn Beck with his remark in March 2007 that Sen. Hillary Clinton is "the stereotypical bitch." Beck responded, in part, that "probably a better word was 'nag.' "
Contrary to Karl Rove's pre-election assertions -- which the media accorded significance despited his presumable responsibility to express optimism -- Democrats won control of both houses of Congress. This raises the question of whether the media were wrong in treating Rove's optimistic predictions as anything more than a job requirement.
On Good Morning America, Claire Shipman warned that "we're still likely, if the Democrats get the House, to see a culture of gridlock" because "[n]either side will have the 60 votes in the Senate they would need to really get things done." Shipman did not inform viewers of the number of issues on the GOP legislative agenda that went unaddressed in this congressional session.
In recent days, media figures have touted, as an example of his self-styled "straight talk," Sen. John McCain's August 22 criticism of the Bush administration's overly optimistic rhetoric on the war in Iraq. However, these media figures not only overlooked McCain's own optimistic forecasts as the war began in 2003; they also ignored his recent defense of the White House against criticism that President Bush has mischaracterized the situation on the ground there.
Several news outlets portrayed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's harsh criticism of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as a purely political maneuver to "find the exact middle" in the Democratic Party or to position herself for a potential 2008 presidential run.
On This Week, ABC News' Claire Shipman said of former Vice President Al Gore, "[J]ust look at his face. I don't think any of us watching your interview could take him at his word." Host George Stephanopoulos, who had interviewed Gore earlier, asked Shipman whether journalists should "take [Gore] at [his] word" about his statement, "I have no plans to be a candidate for president again."
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On ABC's This Week, ABC News' Claire Shipman credited incoming White House press secretary Tony Snow with having "managed to negotiate ... a seat at the decision-making table." Host George Stephanopoulos agreed, saying, "I talked to him at the end of the week. He insists that he's got walk-in privileges." However, Snow himself has said he will have the same access to President Bush as his predecessors.
ABC News' Claire Shipman said that when Tony Snow takes over as White House press secretary in early May, "[p]robably one of the first things he's going to do" is tune White House televisions to outlets other than Fox News. She explained that he would likely do this "because he knows that this White House needs another point of view," but offered no other evidence to support her prediction.
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