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The Chris Matthews Show aired footage of a 1999 interview on NBC's Today in which Sen. Hillary Clinton said that she has "always been" a fan of the New York Yankees as evidence that Clinton, according to Matthews, "tried hard to prove she was a Noo Yawker." Following the clip, Matthews said: "I just love the way Katie Couric went at her there. 'Come on, how many hats you wearing, babe?' I just think that was great." But evidence supports the claim that Clinton has, in fact, been a longtime Yankees fan.
During a September 21 interview, CNN's Carol Costello interviewed National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, but she did not ask LaPierre about controversial remarks made by Ted Nugent -- an NRA board member -- during an August concert in which he insulted Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Dianne Feinstein.
Following Bob Schieffer's interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton on CBS' Face the Nation, Schieffer asserted that Clinton had "today recognized that ... there is going to be an American presence, military presence, in Iraq for some time to come." The Politico's John Harris agreed, saying, "She did," adding that he was "struck by" Clinton's statement of her position. In fact, as Clinton told Schieffer during the interview, her position that some U.S. troops should remain in Iraq is consistent with legislation she has supported in the Senate and in her previous statements on withdrawing troops.
In a New York Daily News column, Michael Goodwin claimed that a Democratic amendment that "condemn[ed] all attacks on the honor, integrity, and patriotism of any individual who is serving or has served honorably in the United States Armed Forces, by any person or organization" was "almost identical" to an alternative Republican amendment "except that [the Democratic amendment] did not mention MoveOn." Though the Democratic amendment did not refer to MoveOn.org by name, it did specifically criticize MoveOn's ad about Gen. David Petraeus.
Sean Hannity claimed that Sen. Hillary Clinton's new health-care plan is "basically repackaging her old proposal with new rhetoric ... in the hopes that we'll be dumb and we'll buy the new rhetoric," and that "in the end, it's going to be exactly what she was proposing in '93." Hannity suggested that a September 17 New York Times article reported that Clinton is falsely claiming that her new plan is different from the plan she proposed in 1993. In fact, the article reported that "[a] variety of health policy analysts ... said the change between Clinton 1 and Clinton 2 was striking."
Echoing similar distortions previously made in the New York Post and on the Drudge Report, a September 20 Post article claimed that a statement on Fred Thompson's website says Sen. Hillary Clinton's health-care "proposal would require Americans to provide proof of insurance in order to get a job -- a job they would likely need in the first place in order to get health insurance." In fact, Clinton has not said that her health-care plan "would require Americans to provide proof of insurance" to potential employers.
A New York Times article on Sen. Hillary Clinton's proposed health care plan noted that "the Republican National Committee [RNC] sent an e-mail message challenging Mrs. Clinton's promise that her plan would not be government-run or produce new bureaucracy, quoting eight commentators and analysts who assert that government would inevitably expand." But the article didn't identify the RNC's "commentators and analysts" -- a group that included Tucker Carlson, the Orange County Register editorial page, right-wing think tank analysts, and former Republican officials.
In reports on a new Rudy Giuliani campaign ad criticizing Sen. Hillary Clinton's position on the Iraq war, several media outlets highlighted a quote from the ad in which the narrator says: "[J]ust when our troops need all our support to finish the job, Hillary Clinton is turning her back on them." But none of these reports mentioned Giuliani's claim in October 2004, that U.S. troops, and not President Bush, were responsible for the missing explosives at the Al Qaqaa weapons depot.
CNN's Gloria Borger claimed that Sen. Hillary Clinton "has a bit of a credibility problem when it comes to health care because ... she had the debacle in 1993." But polling shows that, if Clinton were to be elected president, most voters believe her past experience during the Clinton administration would help her in reforming health care.