In a report on the use of a military plane to fly the House speaker, CNN's Lou Dobbs falsely claimed that Nancy Pelosi can travel nonstop from Washington to California, where her home district is located, "in the plane that [Dennis] Hastert was using." In fact, according to reports, the jet Hastert used did not have the fuel capacity to make nonstop, cross-country trips.
On The Situation Room, Wolf Blitzer did not challenge the undersecretary of state for political affairs, Nicholas Burns, when he stated that there is "incontrovertible evidence that the Iranians have been giving very sophisticated explosive technology to Shia insurgent groups" in Iraq. In particular, he did not mention that a dossier detailing the evidence to which Burns referred was delayed reportedly due to concerns within the government that it may not be strong enough.
Numerous media outlets reported -- as President Bush claimed in an interview on National Public Radio -- that Iraqi troops took the lead in the battle near Najaf against religious militia the Soldiers of Heaven, without noting that the Iraqis were reportedly "overwhelmed" until U.S. forces joined them.
Anderson Cooper, David Gregory, and Soledad O'Brien have all asked Sen. Barack Obama about smears leveled against him, purportedly by his political "opponents" or "enemies." But in each case, they did not name any of these "opponents." Indeed, by framing their questions in terms of political "opponents," they ignored the media's role in promoting these smears, and in some cases originating them.
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