On Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume used the pronoun "we" in reference to the Republican-led House of Representatives, which recently passed a bill to cut the estate tax. Hume said: "We've passed" a measure that would eliminate the tax "for nearly everybody," but that the measure is "stuck in the Senate."
Morton Kondracke stated that if Ned Lamont defeats Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) in Connecticut's Democratic Senate primary, it will be "bad news" because Lamont "represents a triumph" for "the MoveOn.org-Howard Dean-Daily Kos-Michael Moore left wing of the Democratic Party," which is "just as nasty and mean on the left as Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage ... on the right." Fred Barnes responded that these Democrats and progressives are "[m]uch meaner."
On Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, guest co-host Rich Lowry asserted that Rep. John P. Murtha was "again sounding like the grim reaper when it comes to the war on terror." Lowry also asked whether Murtha has "already decided to undermine another American war effort." Former CIA operative Wayne Simmons attacked Murtha for "running a psy-op [psychological operation] against his own people and against his own military," adding that Murtha "has come out and talked poorly about the military."
On Fox News' The Beltway Boys, Morton M. Kondracke falsely claimed that former President Bill Clinton "has not said" whether he will support challenger Ned Lamont if he defeats Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman in the Connecticut Democratic primary. In fact, Clinton's spokesman told the New York Daily News that Clinton "will support the candidate that wins the Democratic primary."
During his interview with U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton, Bill O'Reilly repeatedly lashed out at the U.N., putting Bolton -- who, before being appointed ambassador to the U.N., had made comments that were harshly critical of the organization -- in the position of defending the U.N. and its Security Council.
During a segment in which John Gibson and Julie Banderas were speculating on whether there was any truth to the baseless reports and statements from unidentified "experts" that Saddam Hussein's alleged stockpile of weapons of mass destruction had been secretly transported from Iraq to Syria before the Iraq war and "might have been put in the hands of Hezbollah," the onscreen text read: "Are Saddam Hussein's WMDs Now in Hezbollah's Hands?"
On Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume, Carl Cameron stated that the House of Representatives had approved a Voting Rights Act extension "overwhelmingly." However, Cameron failed to note that a majority of House Republicans had supported four amendments to the bill that would have weakened the legislation or possibly prevented its passage.
On Your World, Neil Cavuto turned to Ann Coulter and private investigator Richard "Bo" Dietl for insight into the current conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. In separate interviews, Coulter declared that, if she were president, she would first "deport all liberals" and then focus on the Middle East, while Dietl, answering a question about Hezbollah's finances, suggested that Turkey is seeking to reinstitute "the Ottoman Empire" by "overpopuliz[ing]" [sic] Germany.
On Fox News and his radio show, Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that, because of criticism The New York Times has received for publishing a "terror finance story," the newspaper "announced ... it was cutting 25 percent of its work force." Based on figures provided in a Times article, the announced reductions amount to just over 2 percent of the work force. Similarly, on Your World, guest host David Asman falsely suggested the Times' cutbacks were a result of the public's reaction to the paper's recent reporting. In fact, the Times announced a plan to cut half its production staff by 2017 in September 2004, well before it reported on warrantless wiretapping or the Bush administration's bank-monitoring program.
Julie Banderas rhetorically asked viewers to "guess which television" outlet Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah had recently appeared on, and then stated: "No, not The New York Times, but Al Jazeera television, broadcasting this terrorist on TV."
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that The New York Times editorial board has not commented on the current conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, alleging that the Times editorial board has not criticized Israel's actions because "[m]any American Jews are liberal," and "the Times cannot afford to alienate its liberal base." In fact, since the onset of the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, the New York Times editorial page as authored three different editorials on the subject, on July 13, 15, and 18.
When asked by Your World host Neil Cavuto whether "we are dooming a lot of people who might look at promising technologies for Alzheimer's or Parkinson's" by "dismissing" embryonic stem cell research, Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer replied: "Well, anybody who knows a little bit of the history of World War II knows that that was kind of the logic that was used and came up in the Nuremberg war trials. The Nazi prison guards said these people were just going to be killed anyway, whether we did it or somebody else did it."
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly claimed he has "never said liberal America wants the USA to lose in Iraq." Media Matters for America has found numerous examples in which he has asserted that very thing.
On Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume, Carl Cameron falsely suggested that public opinion polls show that most Americans support amending the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. While some recent polls indicate that a majority of Americans believe same-sex marriage should be illegal, most polls that directly addressed a federal constitutional amendment show that a plurality or even a majority of Americans oppose it.
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly renewed his false attacks on Media Matters, claiming that we, along with the Democracy Alliance, an organization of donors formed to support progressive groups, and other recipients of funding from Alliance donors, represent a "left-wing Mafia" dedicated to "nefarious purposes." O'Reilly leveled specific attacks at Media Matters -- making the blatantly false suggestion that we "give directions to" the homes of O'Reilly and others in order to "intimidate good people who may want to come into the public arena as politicians or commentators" and calling us "character assassins" and a "smear website" that "lie[s]."