On Fox News, E.D. Hill, commenting on Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama, said: "[T]his is Barack Obama, who has -- I mean on his website, you look at it and sort of the whole thing is devoted to 'I'm a man of change because I want to get away from all that -- the hate speech and the partisanship that you've seen in Washington.' Ted Kennedy, you know, is that." Hill, however, offered no examples or evidence of Kennedy's alleged "hate speech," and Google and Nexis searches turned up no examples of Obama using the term "hate speech" to describe the political climate or discourse in Washington.
Responding to Barack Obama's explanation for why he stopped wearing an American flag pin on his lapel during the lead-up to the Iraq war, because it had become "a substitute for, I think, true patriotism," Fox News Live co-host E.D. Hill said: "When I heard this, actually, one of the direct quotes [of Obama] that got to me was 'I won't wear that pin.' It reminded me of the 'I didn't have sex with that woman.' " Fox legal analyst Andrew Napolitano then accused Obama of "disrespecting the American flag," while his Fox News Radio co-host, Brian Kilmeade, said that Obama was "anti-Betsy Ross."
On Fox News Live, E.D. Hill asserted that "it sounded like" former CIA operative Valerie Plame's testimony to a House committee was "completely skirting the issue of whether she still fell under those rules of being considered covert" when her identity was leaked. In fact, Plame specifically testified that she was "covert" until Robert Novak publicly revealed her identity in a 2003 column.
On Fox & Friends, E.D. Hill and Steve Doocy confronted David Horowitz with Media Matters for America's August 2 item exposing the "doctored quotes, shoddy scholarship, factual errors, and baseless insinuations on matters both small and large" in Horowitz's latest book, The Shadow Party.
On June 29, several Fox News media figures suggested that the U.S. government should "put up the Office of Censorship" to screen news reports to determine whether they "hurt the country" or are of "news value," in the wake of a New York Times article disclosing a Treasury Department program designed to monitor international financial transactions.
On Fox & Friends, co-hosts Steve Doocy, E.D. Hill, and Brian Kilmeade discussed Associated Press staff writer John Solomon's recent report that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid had accepted free tickets to several Las Vegas boxing matches from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) while "he was pressing legislation ... that [the NAC] feared might usurp its authority." But like Solomon's article, the hosts failed to note that Reid signed off on the bill the NAC opposed -- to create a federal boxing federation -- allowing its passage in the Senate.