Time's Mike Allen wrote that President Bush's intention to appoint Fred Fielding to replace Harriet Miers as White House counsel is "a signal that [Bush] could be open to working more closely with congressional Democrats rather than stonewalling." But Allen quoted no Democrats offering their reaction to a Fielding appointment and made no mention of criticism by prominent Senate Democrats over Fielding's involvement in the evaluation of a Bush appeals court nominee.
ABC News' George Stephanopoulos and MSNBC's Chris Matthews, among others, repeated, without challenge, the false attacks from Tony Snow, Ken Mehlman, and Dick Cheney that Democrats "purged" Sen. Joe Lieberman from the Democratic Party and that Ned Lamont's primary victory over Lieberman represents a takeover of the Democratic Party by the far left.
Rehashing a slew of GOP talking points, Time magazine White House correspondent Mike Allen's online column on Democratic candidate Ned Lamont's victory over Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman in the Connecticut Senate primary concluded that Lamont's victory gives Republicans "a potentially powerful new weapon to use against the Democrats this fall."
Following a recent trend of portraying bad news for President Bush as a blessing in disguise for Republicans and the White House, various news outlets and media figures have uncritically echoed the Bush administration's claim that the recent outbreak of violence between Israel and Hezbollah represents a "leadership opportunity" for Bush.
An article in Time magazine reported that "a strategic makeover" of the Bush administration's foreign policy "is evident in the ascendancy of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice," and that "Rice is a foreign policy realist, less inclined to the moralizing approach of the neoconservatives who dominated Bush's War Cabinet in the first term." But the suggestion that the administration is moving away from the so-called "Bush doctrine" and toward Rice's "realist" approach ignores Rice's central role in promoting the "Bush doctrine" and in particular her role in selling the Iraq war to the American people.
On Fox News Live, Time magazine White House correspondent Mike Allen declared that the guilty verdicts for former Enron CEOs Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling are "going to be very helpful to the president [George W. Bush] because it shows that even friends of the president, even big business, longtime supporters of the president are prosecuted, and there is justice even for big fish."
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Time White House correspondent Mike Allen, Fox News White House correspondent Wendell Goler, and Roll Call executive editor Morton M. Kondracke praised White House press secretary Tony Snow's handling of his first televised press conference. In fact, Snow gave numerous misleading and even false answers to reporters' questions regarding the National Security Agency's phone data collection controversy.
Chris Matthews touted President Bush's comedic performance at the White House Correspondents Association's 2006 awards dinner on April 29, while joining Time magazine White House correspondent Mike Allen in panning comedian Stephen Colbert's performance at the same event. Also on the program, while hosting White House communications director Nicolle Wallace, Matthews declared that it is "very courageous for a White House person" to appear on Hardball.
Time White House correspondent Mike Allen granted anonymity to Bush administration sources promoting new White House chief of staff Joshua B. Bolten's five-point "recovery plan," which Allen reported 'is aimed at pushing him [President Bush] up slightly in opinion polls and reassuring Republican activists." Allen also allowed an unnamed "Republican frequently consulted by the White House" to attack Democrats over rising diplomatic tensions with Iran.
Offering little evidence, while ignoring mounting evidence of dissent within the Bush administration as well as its contradictory attempts to explain President Bush's warrantless domestic spying program, Time's Michael Duffy and Mike Allen both claimed that, in Duffy's words, Bush has "put ... to bed" the controversy.