On Fox News Live, correspondent Anita Vogel reported on a ballot initiative proposed by a Republican organization that would "divvy up" California's "55 coveted electoral votes to the winner of each congressional district, rather than the winner-take-all system currently in place." On-screen text during Vogel's report identified a spokesman for the GOP group as "pro-reform" and an opponent of the initiative as "anti-reform." However, the spokesman has criticized two other initiatives on California's electoral vote that have been proposed by Democrats.
The New York Post and Fox News touted a poll that found that "57 percent of Americans supported 'finishing the job in Iraq' -- keeping U.S. troops there until the Iraqis can provide security on their own." But neither the Post nor Fox News noted that the company that conducted the poll considers itself a "Republican polling firm" and that poll questions apparently were, according to the head of a different Republican polling firm, "designed to register certain responses."
During August 8 coverage of the Connecticut Democratic Senate primary election, Fox News host Gregg Jarrett offered a stream of Republican talking points, suggesting that a win by Ned Lamont would be a sign of Democrats "becom[ing] the sort-of modern-day George McGovern, who got really creamed politically for his anti-war stance." Jarrett's rhetoric was accompanied by a series of onscreen graphics that suggested a Lamont victory would be "bad news for democracy in [the] Mideast," and would show that the Democratic Party has "forgotten the lessons of 9/11" and is "soft on terror."
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Following the publication of a New York Times article on the purported state of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and former President Bill Clinton's marriage, numerous news outlets ran reports and aired discussions on the story. The 2,000-word article by Times reporter Patrick Healy was based on the accounts of "some 50 people," "many" of whom "were granted anonymity to discuss a relationship for which the Clintons have long sought a zone of privacy."
Introducing an interview with Democratic Ohio gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland on Fox News Live, host Gregg Jarrett claimed that unnamed "experts say [Ohio] is yet again shaping up to be a key battleground state" and the race for governor of Ohio is "now a bit of a nail-biter." But polling data tell a different story: The most recent state polling puts Strickland far ahead of his opponent, Republican J. Kenneth Blackwell.