On CNN's Situation Room, Bay Buchanan falsely claimed that Hillary Clinton said "her daughter [was] out jogging" on September 11, 2001, "and stopped near the [World Trade Center] towers." Buchanan asserted that Clinton "fabricated" this story. However, Clinton did not say that her daughter jogged near the World Trade Center that day.
During an interview with Michael Bloomberg, CNN's Wolf Blitzer did not take the opportunity to ask Bloomberg about recent reports that "the New York Police Department was secretly monitoring" anti-Bush activists and would-be protesters before and during the Republican National Convention in 2004 "and not just at public events."
On The Situation Room, correspondent Tom Foreman reported that Sen. John McCain "became famous for his straight talk during his first run for the White House." However, Foreman did not report information that undermines the "straight talk" label, including McCain's admission that he "broke [his] promise to always tell the truth" when, in 2000, he declined to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse.
In television appearances to promote her new book, Bay Buchanan claimed that Hillary Clinton said in a magazine article that she "didn't know" her vote in favor of the 2002 resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq "was a vote for war." In fact, Clinton is not quoted as saying -- as Buchanan claimed -- that "I didn't know it was a vote for war," or "I didn't vote for war," and the article's context makes it clear that Clinton knew what the bill authorized.
Several media figures mischaracterized a response that Rep. Ron Paul gave at the Republican debate, with some asserting that Paul had "blamed" the United States for the 9-11 terrorist attacks and others simply accepting Rudy Giuliani's misrepresentation of Paul's statement -- that the United States had "invited the attack." In fact, Paul did not blame the United States for the 9-11 attacks or say that the United States had "invited" them.
Media figures and outlets heaped praise on Mike Huckabee's comment, during the May 15 Republican presidential debate, that "[w]e've had a Congress that's spent money like John Edwards at a beauty shop," a reference to reports that former Sen. John Edwards spent $800 of campaign money (which Edwards said was reimbursed) on two haircuts. ABC News' The Note, as well as The Politico's Mike Allen called the line an "instant classic," while The Politico's Jonathan Martin predicted that it "will dominate the news coverage in the days ahead."