A Washington Post article speculated whether Bill Clinton will be the "biggest issue" in Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presumptive 2008 presidential candidacy. But nowhere does the article offer any concrete evidence that Bill Clinton is anything but an asset to his wife or that the public sees in him the "massive and messy distraction" the article suggests the "media-industrial complex" sees.
Tucker Carlson encouraged Dick Collins, who took over the anti-Hillary Clinton website Stop Her Now, in his bashing of Sen. Clinton. Collins characterized her as an "ultraliberal," an "ambitious, calculating, tough politician," and an "ultra left-wing Democrat."
The Washington Times' Tony Blankley claimed that an investigation into Newt Gingrich's possible tax violations was the result of the Clintons' "policy of personal destruction." In fact, months before the Internal Revenue Service audit was reported, the House ethics committee voted unanimously to launch an investigation. The ethics committee ultimately voted 7-1 to recommend that the House impose a fine of $300,000 on Gingrich and reprimand him.
Two weeks after gushing over John McCain's likely presidential bid, the host and panelists on The Chris Matthews Show concluded that some of Hillary Rodham Clinton's greatest perceived strengths as a presidential candidate were really weaknesses.
The Washington Post's Jeffrey Birnbaum reported that Sen. John McCain has "long been seen as a champion of independents" and the "good news" for him is that this voting bloc played a significant role in determining the outcome of this year's elections. However, that logic overlooks the fact that independents cited the Iraq war -- which McCain supports -- as one of their top reasons for voting Democratic this year.
In a New York Post op-ed, Deborah Orin-Eilbeck used a poll conducted by a Republican firm to suggest that both Sen. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani would "trounc[e]" Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 presidential election. However, recent independent polls show Clinton either favored or much closer in those matchups.
New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny purported to show that "bills for catering, flowers and photography" elevated campaign expenses for Sen. Hillary Clinton, contrasting them with more mundane expenses by Sen. Rick Santorum's campaign. But Zeleny ignored Santorum's more costly expenses; in fact, Santorum's campaign spent more money in the third quarter of 2006 than Clinton's did.
MSNBC's Chris Jansing falsely claimed that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton "frankly acknowledged it's legitimate to consider in the voting, we just heard it -- that she is laser-focused on the presidency and not on representing the people of New York." Jansing was referring to a video clip shown moments earlier in which Clinton said: "I have made no decisions about any future plans, and if that is a concern to any voter, they should factor that into their decision on November 7th."
On MSNBC and Fox News, Amanda Carpenter touted the purportedly damaging charge in her new book that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will use "foreign money" made by her husband to mount a potential presidential campaign for 2008. Carpenter asserted that it is "alarming ... that there are millions of dollars in foreign money available to fund Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign as we speak."
ABC's World News Sunday reported Rev. Jerry Falwell's September 22 attack comparing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to "Lucifer" and quoted Tony Perkins attacking Democrats who discuss their faith. ABC did not, however, include Clinton's response to Falwell's comments, nor did the network note that for all of Perkins's talk of a "disconnect" between Democratic faith and policy, some religious groups have identified what they say are inconsistencies between Christian tenets and GOP policies as well.
Chris Matthews stated that Sen. Hillary Clinton "may not want to risk being another Dukakis -- this time in a dress," the third time he has made reference to Michael Dukakis in discussions of Clinton's potential presidential bid. Matthews also declared, "[G]o see Deer Hunter if you think [Clinton] can get elected president," adding that "Midwest guys" whose "idea of heaven is out hunting with the beer cans and shooting a pheasant or a bear" are "not up to modern women as president."
Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote that Sen. John McCain "embodies a quality for which the country yearns: integrity," suggesting that this quality gives McCain greater "stature" than the presumptive 2008 Democratic presidential candidates. But in lauding McCain's "integrity" and ability to restore public faith in government, Cohen apparently ignored the senator's flip-flops, backtracks, and inconsistencies on a variety of issues.