On Fox News' The Big Story Primetime Edition, host Julie Banderas criticized a recent defamation lawsuit brought against a popular website, by saying: "[I]f I sued every person that said a bad thing about me on the Internet, I would be a billionaire, and so would many of us here at Fox, 'cause people love to talk about us. ... Media Matters -- they love to bash Fox."
Chris Matthews, Fred Barnes, and The New York Times uncritically repeated Bob Novak's claim that the Bush administration official who originally disclosed former CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to Novak did so inadvertently. In fact, Novak has been inconsistent on the question of the motivations of his sources, and administration officials had reportedly disclosed Plame's CIA employment to other reporters even before Novak received the information from his primary source, suggesting not inadvertent disclosures but, rather, a concerted effort to get the information out.
On Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, Republican strategist Mary Matalin falsely claimed that special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald said "that no crime was committed" in the alleged leak of former CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity and that former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV was "flat-out lying" in his 2003 New York Times op-ed.
On Special Report, Fred Barnes claimed that the so-called "Bush doctrine" of U.S. foreign policy did not include the use of unilateral military action, saying that it had "never been a policy of the president." In fact, the Bush administration's 2002 National Security Strategy explicitly stated, "[W]e will not hesitate to act alone, if necessary, to exercise our right of self-defense by acting preemptively."
In a report aired on Fox News' The Big Story with John Gibson and Special Report with Brit Hume, Reena Ninan advanced the discredited claim that "45,000 boxes of Arabic-language Iraqi documents captured by American troops" have revealed a connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. According to a New York Times report, senior intelligence officials have dismissed the suggestion that the documents provide evidence of a Saddam-Al Qaeda link.
On Fox News' The Big Story, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty touted recent reports that the Army is meeting its recruiting goals. Host John Gibson suggested that the new figures counter the perception that "America doesn't want to have anything to do with the war" in Iraq, ignoring a variety of other factors that might be influencing the Army's recruiting performance.
Fox News' Neil Cavuto spent nearly four minutes discussing a protest of The New York Times and interviewing its organizer, even though the event drew fewer than 100 people, and a previous protest against the Times was attended by only "about 15" protesters.
Continuing a pattern of attacks on the United Nations by Fox News, Big Story Weekend guest host Julie Banderas asked: "[W]hen it comes to issues like North Korea and Iran, our supposed allies Russia and China always seem to be all talk, so why bother having a U.N. at all?" During the segment, on-screen text read: "What's the point of the U.N. if allies are all talk?"
On Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto, Jonathan Hoenig, managing member of Capitalistpig Asset Management LLC, asserted that a pre-emptive attack on North Korea would cause "the market" to rise. "I would love to see us launch a pre-emptive attack on North Korea," Hoenig stated.
Many of the same media conservatives who continually attacked The New York Times for publishing details of the Treasury Department's bank-tracking program have remained silent about the New York Daily News' decision to report that FBI officials thwarted an alleged terrorist plot in New York City, despite apparent objections from intelligence and law enforcement officials that the disclosure impeded further arrests.
On Fox News, NPR correspondent Mara Liasson said the Democratic Party is "divided" and has "no position" on whether to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq, apparently basing her conclusion on the opposition of most Democratic senators to an amendment setting a date for withdrawal. But a strong majority of Senate Democrats voted for a separate amendment calling for a phased redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq beginning sometime this year.
Promoting his new book on Fox News' Dayside, John Stossel claimed that global warming is "[p]robably not" a "big problem" and attacked Al Gore's movie on the issue, An Inconvenient Truth, saying, "Many scientists do not agree," that global warming is a "big problem," "despite what you hear in the Al Gore movie."
On Fox News' Journal Editorial Report, Marvin Kalb described a Wall Street Journal editorial as "dead wrong" for criticizing The New York Times and defending the Journal over their reports on a U.S. program designed to monitor international financial transactions. Kalb, who is a senior fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, told Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot: "I think you declared war on another American newspaper without due cause. It is mean. It is mean-spirited."
Continuing a pattern in the media of uncritically repeating Republican attacks on Democrats over the Iraq war and national security and simply adopting GOP talking points characterizing the actions of Democrats, Fox News' Carl Cameron asserted that being "the anti-war party" puts Democrats in "a very tenuous position" and leaves the party open to "Republican criticism that they're a bunch of cut-and-runners."
In their July 6 coverage of North Korea's missile tests, Fox News' The Big Story with John Gibson and Your World with Neil Cavuto featured segments on whether former President Bill Clinton is to blame for the current situation in North Korea. Neither program, however, hosted any Democrats or progressives to discuss Clinton's alleged culpability, nor did they examine the role the Bush administration's policies on North Korea have played in the situation.