Shepard Smith falsely suggested that the word "sick" was used repeatedly by a page to describe sexually explicit instant messages allegedly sent by former Rep. Mark Foley rather than less explicit emails that House GOP leaders have characterized simply as "overly friendly." In fact, an underage page described as "sick, sick, sick" the emails to which the House leadership had access nearly a year ago.
Discussing the scandal involving Rep. Mark Foley on Fox News Live, political analyst Tammy Bruce stated: "All I want, frankly, is a gay person in office who is not a sexual compulsive. I mean, is that too much to ask for?"
In their coverage of the scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley, only a few major media outlets have noted that Foley is the third Republican congressman to leave office in scandal within the past year. A fourth Republican congressman, Rep. Bob Ney, has pleaded guilty to corruption charges but not resigned his seat.
On Fox News' The Big Story Primetime, Ann Coulter claimed that reports that the House Republican leadership was previously aware of communications former Rep. Mark Foley allegedly had with underage congressional pages are "somewhat incredible," asking: "Why wait until right before the election to let it break?" and dismissing such reports as gossip, saying: "It's something you hear."
On Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume asserted that there is a "difference" between the Democratic and Republican parties because former Republican Rep. Mark Foley is "out of office and in total disgrace in his party" after allegedly engaging in sexually explicit communications with underage congressional pages, while President Bill Clinton and Rep. Barney Frank were not similarly reprimanded for their "inappropriate behavior." However, neither the Clinton nor the Frank allegations involved minors.
Discussing negative campaign ads on The Big Story, John Gibson aired a clip by Sen. Rick Santorum's campaign attacking his Democratic opponent, Bob Casey Jr., without including an ad or even a response from the Casey campaign.
On Special Report, Fox News' Major Garrett falsely suggested that the House's approval of a bill to govern detention and interrogations of U.S. detainees would allow all detainees to challenge their detention in court. In fact, the bill does not provide a procedure for a person who the government initially held as an enemy combatant but is subsequently determined not to be an "enemy combatant" or deemed release-eligible to appeal to a civilian court.
During an Associated Press interview, discussing the President Clinton-Chris Wallace Fox News Sunday interview, Fox News chief Roger Ailes accused Clinton of an "assault on Wallace" and an "assault on all journalists," when Clinton forcefully responded to Wallace's question about why he did not "do more to put Al Qaeda and bin Laden out of business" when he was president.
During an interview with Democratic strategists James Carville and Paul Begala, Bill O'Reilly called Carville and Begala "stupid" "propagandists" and attacked Media Matters and the Center for American Progress as "[h]ired guns" who "are paid to smear people they disagree with." O'Reilly also defended Fox News' self-description as "fair and balanced" with a series of dubious or false claims.
Brit Hume reported claims by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani that "security has actually improved in the last year" in the country, citing the decrease in car bombings in Baghdad. But Hume did not cite recent reports showing a marked increase in the number of civilian casualties and attacks in Iraq in recent months.
In reports on the dispute over the Bush and Clinton administrations' anti-terrorism policies and their culpability in failing to prevent the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Associated Press and Newsday presented the two sides of the argument without exploring the factual basis for either.
Fox News host Jane Skinner aired a commercial produced by Sen. Rick Santorum's re-election campaign suggesting that the "campaign team" employed by his Democratic challenger, Bob Casey Jr., is made up of cigar-smoking crooks. Skinner failed entirely to inform viewers that none of the four supposed Casey contributors depicted in the spot has actually given any money to his Senate campaign and that two of them have, in fact, contributed to Santorum's re-election bid, according to recent reports.