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  • Newsbuster Sheppard accidentally attacks Newsbusters

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    Newsbusters Associate Editor Noel Sheppard takes aim at the Associated Press for doing the "inexcusable" -- the wire service "attached to its Sunday piece a tremendously unflattering photo of the former Alaska governor."

    Sheppard might want to have a word with his Newsbusters colleagues, who have a habit of using what they clearly think is a "tremendously unflattering photo" of CBS anchor Katie Couric at every opportunity:

    Sheppard concludes his post by whining about the AP mentioning that Palin was paid for her speech:

    But even worse, the piece concluded, "Her fee was $100,000 for the appearance at the for-profit event."

    Amazing. Could you imagine the AP mentioning how much Nobel Laureate Al Gore or former President Bill Clinton was paid in an article about one of their many speeches?

    Is this what the AP sees as fair and balanced?

    Tell you what, Noel. You seem busy accidentally attacking your colleagues, so let me Google that for you.

  • Nets devote more coverage to Wilson's outburst than to Obama's speech

    ››› ››› MORGAN WEILAND

    During their September 10 editions, the three evening network news programs cumulatively devoted more coverage to Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst during President Obama's September 9 joint address to Congress on health reform -- in which Wilson claimed President Obama lied when he said "our reform efforts" would not "insure illegal immigrants" -- than they allotted to the speech itself. Moreover, while ABC's Jake Tapper explicitly stated that "the president's reforms" would not "apply to illegal immigrants" and NBC's Kelly O'Donnell said that "the bill, as it's written now, is explicit saying that illegal immigrants will not get any health care benefits in reform," the CBS Evening News did not attempt to fact-check Wilson's interjection.

  • CBS, Fox reports on town hall disruptions ignore conservative strategy

    ››› ››› JEREMY HOLDEN

    On August 4, Katie Couric joined repeat offender Bret Baier in reporting on unusually large -- and sometimes disruptive -- crowds turning out to protest health care reform at town halls hosted by members of Congress without noting that conservative organizations opposed to Democrats' proposals -- boosted by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity -- are conducting a campaign to pack those events with their supporters. For the second night in a row, Baier reported on the protests but ignored the conservative strategy to pack town hall events with health care reform opponents.

  • Media grossly exaggerate potential cost of TARP

    ››› ››› JEREMY HOLDEN

    Media figures have cited the special inspector general for TARP in reporting that the potential cost of TARP could be $23.7 trillion. But by citing that misleading figure, these media figures have grossly distorted the risk to taxpayers.

  • CBS' Couric, Reid report omnibus is "loaded," "filled," and "stuffed" with earmarks, don't note they are less than 2 percent of bill

    ››› ››› GREG LEWIS

    On the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric stated that the omnibus spending bill was "filled with earmarks," and Chip Reid reported that the bill was "loaded with about eighty-five hundred pet projects known as earmarks, inserted by members of Congress without legislative review." But at no point did they note that according to most estimates, earmarks constitute less than 2 percent of the bill's total spending.

  • Ignoring Gregg statement to the contrary, Couric and Schieffer suggested withdrawal "raise[s] issues" about Obama "vetting process"

    ››› ››› JEREMY SCHULMAN

    On the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric asked Bob Schieffer if Sen. Judd Gregg's withdrawal as commerce secretary nominee "raise[s] issues about the Obama administration's vetting process." Schieffer responded: "Well, I don't think it can help but do that." Neither noted that in a press release announcing his withdrawal, Gregg stated that "nothing about the vetting process played any role in this decision."

  • ABC, CBS report Bush's defense of Katrina response without noting congressional criticism

    ››› ››› MATTHEW BIEDLINGMAIER & JOCELYN FONG

    ABC World News and CBS Evening News aired comments by President Bush at his January 12 press conference in defense of his administration's handling of Hurricane Katrina, during which he asserted in part: "[C]ould I have done something differently, like land Air Force One either in New Orleans or Baton Rouge?" However, neither network's report noted the bipartisan congressional criticism of the Bush administration's response to Katrina.

  • Gibson, Couric uncritically aired Bush's comment calling Abu Ghraib a "disappointment"

    ››› ››› GREG LEWIS

    ABC's World News and the CBS Evening News and uncritically aired President Bush's statement that "Abu Ghraib obviously was a huge disappointment," without noting that a 2008 Senate Armed Services Committee report found that the abuse there "was not simply the result of a few soldiers acting on their own" and that Donald Rumsfeld's "authorization of aggressive interrogation techniques and subsequent interrogation policies and plans approved by senior military and civilian officials conveyed the message that physical pressures and degradation were appropriate treatment for detainees in U.S. military custody."

  • Couric uncritically reported that McCain "suspend[ed] his campaign"

    ››› ››› MARK BOCHKIS & LILY YAN

    On the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric uncritically reported that Sen. John McCain "suspend[ed] his campaign so he could be part of the negotiations" on economic recovery legislation. In fact, McCain campaign surrogates continued to appear on cable news networks throughout the day, the campaign's ads also aired, and The Huffington Post reported that it "called up 15 McCain-Palin and McCain Victory Committee headquarters in various battleground states. Not one said that it was temporarily halting operations because of the supposed 'suspension' in the campaign."

  • Couric didn't challenge McCain's false claim that Biden proposed "break[ing] Iraq up into three different countries"

    ››› ››› LAUREN AUERBACH

    During an interview with Sen. John McCain, Katie Couric did not challenge McCain's false claim that Sen. Joe Biden "said you had to break Iraq up into three different countries" as part of his Iraq plan. On America's Election HQ, Karl Rove falsely asserted that Biden's proposal for Iraq involved "unilaterally splitting up a sovereign nation," a statement that Chris Wallace echoed. In fact, Biden introduced a "five-point plan" to "[m]aintain a unified Iraq by decentralizing it and giving Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis breathing room in their own regions." Further, Biden has made clear that he was not proposing that his plan be imposed on Iraq "unilaterally."