Fox News' Alan Colmes repeatedly challenged Fox News political analyst Dick Morris's false claims that "Democrats oppose" "the Patriot Act, the NSA wiretaps, the seizure of bank deposits, [and] data mining."
On Tucker, while discussing Fox News' choice of Richard Simmons and Don King as Katrina "expert[s]," Tucker Carlson asked: "Our civilization -- is it collapsing? Has it already collapsed?"
On Fox News' Special Report, Jim Angle misleadingly reported that Broadcasting Board of Governors chairman Kenneth Y. Tomlinson would not face any charges in relation to a report that found that Tomlinson had hired a personal friend as a contractor without the knowledge of the rest of the BBG board because "it turns out the friend he hired as a consultant had 35 years of experience with Voice of America." In fact, a civil investigation into Tomlinson's actions regarding the contractor is still pending.
On Your World, Neil Cavuto responded to retired Gen. Wesley Clark's assertion that President Bush describes "anybody who disagrees with him on ... his attack on Iraq as someone who is soft on terror" by falsely claiming that Bush "is not equating Iraq [to the war on terror] in that sense." In fact, Bush recently claimed that those advocating a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops are "wrong" because it "would be a defeat for the United States in a key battleground in the global war on terror."
On Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto, boxing promoter Don King claimed that the vast majority of African-Americans who supported Sen. John Kerry for president in 2004 did so "[b]ecause they didn't know any better." He also defended President Bush's handling of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, asserting that Bush is "is one of the best presidents we have ever had in the history of this country."
Neil Cavuto claimed that incumbent Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman "is 12 points ahead in the polls right now" in the Connecticut Senate race. In fact, three polls taken after the poll that Cavuto apparently cited have shown a closer race.
On Special Report, Jim Angle reported that Michael Isikoff and David Corn, in their new book, "seem[ed] to clear him [former deputy State Secretary Richard Armitage] from any intentional wrongdoing." But Angle then contrasted Armitage's situation with that of Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, "who only confirmed what Armitage had originally told reporters, [but] are accused of maliciously attacking [former ambassador Joe] Wilson."
On Your World, Pat Buchanan claimed that immigration is "the most important domestic issue" to Americans and "almost equals Iraq in the minds of the American people." In fact, according to the most recent polling, the most important domestic issue to Americans is the economy.
On Your World, discussing her latest column, Ann Coulter repeated numerous false claims to assert that Democrats do not support the Bush administration's fight against terrorism. However, hours later on Hannity & Colmes, when she was challenged on her claim that Osama bin Laden "was handed to Bill Clinton twice," Coulter abruptly cut short her appearance on the show.
In reports on Hurricane Katrina survivor Rockey Vaccarella's August 23 appearance with President Bush, Fox News' Brit Hume and CNN's Carol Costello mentioned Vaccarella's praise for Bush's handling of the storm, but neither noted that Vaccarella once ran for local office as a Republican.
In his third appearance on an NBC-owned channel in two days to promote his new book, Pat Buchanan asserted that "the Mexican government is interested in basically the reconquista of the American Southwest." Meanwhile, on The O'Reilly Factor, Michelle Malkin claimed the idea of reconquista is "mainstream" among immigrants.
On Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity asserted that "some people are saying" that a Democratic victory in the November elections would be a "victory for the terrorists."
On Your World, Neil Cavuto suggested that the British have "been pragmatic" in their efforts to combat terrorism and that they have enacted some counterterrorism laws that would be unconstitutional in the United States because the British "have a tradition of wanting to live."
On The Radio Factor and Hannity & Colmes, Dick Morris repeated the false claim that critics of the Bush administration's warrantless domestic wiretapping program, including many Democrats, oppose any wiretapping of suspected terrorists and question the legality of wiretapping in general.
Several media outlets, in their reporting on a response President Bush gave in his August 21 press conference to a question on Iraq, either excised or omitted Bush's admission that "sometimes I'm happy" when hearing about the situation there.