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On June 4 and 5, several CNN correspondents suggested that, until recently, Democrats have largely been silent on their religious beliefs and "values," ignoring the fact that presidential candidates, including John Edwards, and Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, among other Democrats, have talked about their religious faith and values for years. Several of the Democratic candidates referred explicitly to "values" or "morals" during the June 3 presidential debate, which aired on CNN.
Media Matters offers questions for CNN's Wolf Blitzer to ask Republican presidential candidates in the hope that candidates from both parties will be held to the same standard regarding the Iraq war and other topics.
On the May 30 edition of his show, CNN's Lou Dobbs characterized an inaccurate citation in 2005 of the number of leprosy cases in the United States as "an ad-lib on the set of this broadcast uttered more than two years ago ... an unscripted ad-lib, not a report," and claimed that he "set this record straight a couple of weeks ago." But on the May 16 show to which he referred, Dobbs did not correct the inaccurate report, as Media Matters for America noted; instead, he misrepresented it without admitting error.
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.