Discussing a campaign event at which a questioner asked Sen. John McCain, "How do we beat the bitch?" -- presumably referring to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- Politico chief political correspondent Mike Allen said, "[W]hat Republican voter hasn't thought that? What voter in general hasn't thought that?"
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In a report on CNN's Late Edition, Suzanne Malveaux reported that President George H.W. Bush recently came out "very forcefully defending" his son against critics of his decision to invade Iraq "because he feels that he does have some experience when it comes to dealing with Saddam Hussein, and he absolutely believes that the criticism against his son has just not been fair." But Malveaux did not mention that the former president declined to order an invasion of Iraq in 1991, saying that after coalition forces expelled Iraqi troops from Kuwait, "going into Baghdad" and "going to be an occupying power ... with no allies on our side ... would have been disastrous."
On The Situation Room, Tom Foreman reported, "From Iraq to domestic programs, Democrats face White House vetoes and little support from Republicans on Capitol Hill." Foreman then aired a clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying, "I know that Congress has low approval ratings. I don't approve of Congress because we haven't done anything." However, Foreman cut off the end of Pelosi's remarks, in which she made clear that she was referring only to Congress' not having done anything that brought an end to the Iraq war.
Numerous media outlets have covered the issue of whether former President Bill Clinton's papers relating to his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, will be released. Absent from most of these reports and discussions, however, was any mention of Rudy Giuliani's handing of the papers from his time as New York City mayor. While the Clintons' papers have remained in the custody of the National Archives, Giuliani's papers were for several years in the possession of a private foundation directed by Giuliani supporters.
On Lou Dobbs Tonight, Lou Dobbs said of Sen. Barack Obama: "[H]e may not be converting, but he is certainly revealing a relationship with his faith that heretofore had been unexpressed." In fact, Obama has discussed his faith publicly for years, including in his 1995 memoir.
Repeating an earlier report on Senate votes missed by Sen. Barack Obama, CNN's Jessica Yellin again failed to note that Republican Sen. John McCain has missed more votes than Obama -- as well as any other senator who is running for president and all but one currently serving senator -- since Congress convened in January. Yellin's report was followed by another by correspondent Susan Candiotti that referenced McCain's ridiculing of an earmark for a museum at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival; Candiotti did not note that McCain missed the vote on the earmark he criticized.
Discussing young female voters' support for presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, CNN's Carol Costello asserted, "[I]f Hillary Clinton can persuade these young, single women to vote for her, many say she will win. And those who oppose Clinton know that. That's why they're calling these young women voters stupid." She added, "[T]he online magazine Jezebel dubbed them the elusive, slutty, anxious female, that's slutty in a political sense of course," a reference to a June 14 Jezebel item with the headline: "Barack Obama Lures Elusive Slutty Anxious Female Demographic."
In response to Cybercast News Service editor-in-chief Terry Jeffrey's statement that "[i]f the Democrats in the Senate want to ban the procedure by which we got vital information out of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Harry Reid ought to put up a bill right now that says: 'Waterboarding is forbidden. What we did to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed may not be done again.' " CNN's Wolf Blitzer replied: "It sort of reinforces this notion that the Democrats are weak when it comes to national security. That's been a very successful strategy for the Republicans for decades now." In fact, polling shows that the public is split on which party is better on handling terrorism, with some polls showing Democrats with a slight lead.