Numerous conservative figures on cable TV news have made dire predictions for the Democratic Party if Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont defeats incumbent Sen. Joe Lieberman in the August 8 Connecticut Democratic Senate primary.
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Fox News' Brit Hume, John Gibson, and Jim Angle, as well as nationally syndicated radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Janet Parshall, continued to ignore conclusive assertions of intelligence officials that the degraded chemical munitions found in Iraq and hyped by Sen. Rick Santorum and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra were not, in fact, in the category of "weapons of mass destruction" that the U.S. was looking for at the time of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
Fox News' Jim Angle understated -- and ABC's Charles Gibson omitted -- the poor flight test record of the ground-based missile defense system that the Bush administration reportedly activated in response to North Korea possibly testing a long-range missile.
On Fox News' Special Report, Assistant Energy Secretary Alexander Karsner claimed that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton had "come around to embracing" President Bush's National Energy Policy, while guest anchor Jim Angle suggested that Clinton's proposed energy plan was "pretty close" to Bush's plan with the only "differences" being that Clinton's plan involves "meddling" with the free market. But neither Karsner nor Angle spelled out any of the significant differences between the competing proposals.
For at least the third time, Fox News' Jim Angle repeated misleading characterizations of the National Security Agency's (NSA) domestic surveillance program.
On Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume, guest host and chief Washington correspondent Jim Angle left unchallenged a Heritage Foundation fellow's misleading claims about the United Nations Committee Against Torture's report on the treatment of detainees at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace allowed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to make similar misleading claims.
Jim Angle falsely claimed that Sen. Carl Levin accused the Bush administration of "orchestrat[ing]" leaks to the media about its own domestic surveillance program. Media Matters for America has noted four other instances, all on Fox News' Special Report, in which Angle and other Fox News correspondents have cropped or misrepresented quotes from Democratic senators.
Fox News' Jim Angle uncritically reported Karl Rove's assertion that President Bush's "personal approval rating is around 60 percent." In fact, recent polling shows that Bush's favorability ratings have been in the 30s and 40s in 2006, not the 60s.
Fox News' Jim Angle misleadingly compared Bush's "approval rating" in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll to the "favorability rating[s]" of Sens. John Kerry and Hillary Rodham Clinton, noting that, while 31 percent of respondents approve of President Bush's job performance, just 26 percent hold a favorable view of Kerry and 34 percent hold a favorable view of Clinton. Angle neglected to mention that 55 percent of respondents view Bush unfavorably.
Fox News' Jim Angle falsely suggested that the U.S. has begun to close its trade deficit with China. Noting that Chinese President Hu Jintao "said China is shifting away from a reliance on exports to the U.S. to fuel its economy and moving, instead, toward more consumption at home," Angle uncritically reported that, according to President Bush and Hu, "that is already happening, to some extent, as U.S. exports to China increased last year by 21 percent." However, Angle failed to note that imports from China to the U.S. increased nearly 24 percent during the same period, further widening the U.S.-China trade deficit by 25 percent over 2004.
Fox News' Jim Angle misrepresented the findings in the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on prewar intelligence in order to support his false claim that -- based on former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV's fact-finding trip to Niger -- the committee concluded that Iraqi officials traveled to Niger in an effort to purchase uranium. Similarly, on Fox News Sunday, nationally syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer claimed that the report showed "distortions" in Wilson's July 2003 New York Times op-ed because it noted that the Iraqi delegation traveled to Niger seeking "commercial relations."
The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, and Knight Ridder uncritically reported Republican criticism of the Democratic national security proposal, including a claim by Vice President Dick Cheney that the proposal was "totally inconsistent" with the Democrats' past behavior.
Fox News correspondent Jim Angle cropped a quote from Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to falsely suggest that Reid did not agree with Sen. Russ Feingold that the Bush administration's warrantless domestic wiretapping program is illegal. Angle's report marked the second consecutive day that a reporter for Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume cropped a quote from one of Feingold's Democratic colleagues to falsely suggest that Feingold is alone in having legal objections to the program.
During a report from the Port of Baltimore intended to clear up "factual confusion" about the Bush administration's deal to let Dubai Ports World assume control of terminals at six major U.S. ports, Fox News' Jim Angle emphasized that the U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for port security and listed some of the security procedures in place. However, Angle ignored the glaring security deficiencies at the Baltimore port, as well as at other ports, that have been highlighted in recent media accounts.
Rush Limbaugh and Fox News' Jim Angle both repeated the misleading claim that the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program targeted only terrorists. In fact, the program has monitored the communications of thousands of people with no terrorist connection.