On Fox News' The Big Story with Gibson & Nauert, Republican strategist and former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed said of the recent comments made by Michelle Obama, wife of Sen. Barack Obama: "[I]t plays into a stereotype about the left wing of the Democratic Party, that it blames America first, that they don't see the greatness of America." Echoing Reed, host John Gibson later asked, "Does that mean that President Barack will blame America first?"
John Gibson responded to criticism of his comments the previous day mocking the death of actor Heath Ledger, and said "Did I mock him?" After Gibson's producer pointed out that Gibson had in fact mocked Ledger's death, Gibson replied, laughing, "Oh, that. Well," later adding, "There's no point in passing up a good joke."
John Gibson, purporting to quote Sen. Hillary Clinton verbatim, actually misquoted her comment on the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1960s. Gibson stated: "Clinton is being attacked by [Sen. Barack] Obama for recently saying that the legendary Martin Luther King's dream of equality was one only -- quote, 'only realized when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.' " In fact, Clinton did not use the word "only."
On his January 10 Fox News Radio show, John Gibson aired a clip of MSNBC host Chris Matthews' recent comments about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, which he described as "mind-blowing," and said, "[T]hose women out here who called me a sexist last night, you listen to this and you tell me who the sexist is."
On The Big Story, a full-screen graphic appeared showing a picture of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the phrases "THE WAR ON ENGLISH!" "Just 'Say No' to America's Language" and "Why?" Throughout most of the segment, a graphic appeared in the lower right corner of the screen showing an image of Pelosi's face alternating with the phrase "SPEAK SPANISH."
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann named Roll Call's Mort Kondracke the "winner" of his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for asserting on Fox News' Special Report: "I'm sure [waterboarding] feels like torture, you know, it doesn't result in any lasting damage, but it feels like torture." Olbermann also named Fox News' John Gibson the "runner-up" for criticizing an "NBC news anchor" for offering Sen. Barack Obama advice on what he "needs to say" about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- one day after Gibson himself had offered Obama advice.
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Fox News' John Gibson criticized an "NBC news anchor" -- identified by guest Monica Crowley as MSNBC host Chris Matthews -- for offering Sen. Barack Obama advice on what he "needs to say" to beat Sen. Hillary Clinton, asking, "Is it legitimate for one news anchor to publicly advise one candidate on how to beat another, and still try to pretend he's objective and neutral? My friends, fair and balanced this is not." But the day before, Gibson had offered his own advice to Obama on how to go after Clinton, asserting: "I think if Obama is going to close the gap with Hillary, he needs a new attack."
On his radio show, John Gibson said: "Media Matters for America, a Soros-backed, Hillary Clinton-backed media hit-job website is after me today because of what I said last night, and they are calling me a racist for what I said about this [school shooting] at SuccessTech in Cleveland." In fact, the item documenting Gibson's comments did not characterize him or his comments as racist. Also, philanthropist George Soros has never given money to Media Matters, either directly or through another organization, nor is Media Matters funded by or affiliated with any candidate or political party.
On his radio show, while discussing an incident in which a student shot four people at his Cleveland high school before killing himself, John Gibson asserted that "I know the shooter was white. I knew it as soon as he shot himself. Hip-hoppers don't do that. They shoot and move on to shoot again."
Discussing Rush Limbaugh's recent description of service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq as "phony soldiers," John Gibson asserted on his radio show: "Rush was specifically talking about a particular one, Jesse MacBeth, who had pled guilty in court to lying about even being in Iraq." To support this claim, Gibson aired a clip in which Limbaugh purported to air the "entire" segment in question. In fact, that segment did not include a full 1 minute and 35 seconds of the 1 minute and 50 second discussion that occurred between Limbaugh's original "phony soldiers" comment and his subsequent reference to MacBeth.
Fox News' John Gibson called the controversy over Bill O'Reilly's recent remarks a "fabricated flap over some benign remarks Bill made on his radio show, but it has been turned on its ear by George Soros' Media Matters," which is "dedicated to discrediting conservatives and folks like Bill" through "the purposeful misinterpretation of one's words." Gibson did not support his claim that Media Matters "misinterpret[ed]" O'Reilly's words; moreover, Soros has never given money to Media Matters.