On MSNBC's Hardball, Chris Matthews predicted that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be elected president in 2008. Giuliani is at least the third Republican Matthews has touted as a strong candidate for the GOP nomination or the likely winner in November 2008 -- a group that also includes Sens. John McCain (AZ) and George Allen (VA), whom Matthews has touted as "the two top guys to watch" on the Republican side
On MSNBC's Tucker, former New York Police Department detective Bo Dietl falsely claimed that "all the hijackers that came and then bombed [the United States] on 9-11, all of them were in this country illegally." In fact, all 19 of the 9-11 hijackers reportedly entered the United States legally, though two had overstayed their visas.
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The Hill associate editor A.B. Stoddard claimed that "we learned" from Robert Novak's syndicated column that the leak of then-CIA employee Valerie Plame's identity "was inadvertent." But Novak's assertion that the leak was "inadvertent" appears to conflict with an earlier assertion he made, that his sources thought Plame's identity "was significant" and that "they gave me the name and I used it."
On his MSNBC program, host Tucker Carlson claimed that "[t]here's never been a shred of evidence" that the disclosure of former CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity "compromised our national security." But the special counsel in charge of investigating the leak found that Plame's identity had been protected by the CIA "not just for the officer, but for the nation's security." Further, reports have indicated that the subsequent disclosure of Plame's CIA front company likely endangered other officers' work.
On MSNBC, Tucker Carlson claimed that "one of the few redeeming things about" Bush is his "bravado," because "telling the truth is exactly what's needed around the world." But Carlson himself has questioned the usefulness of Bush's "overconfidence" and the truthfulness of the Bush administration's rhetoric prior to the invasion of Iraq.
On MSNBC's Tucker, host Tucker Carlson said to guest Jesse Diaz, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, "you may be counting Hispanic immigrants from Puerto Rico," after Diaz said that "only 55 percent of illegals are of Mexican descent." However, all native Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens.
Chris Matthews, Fred Barnes, and The New York Times uncritically repeated Bob Novak's claim that the Bush administration official who originally disclosed former CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to Novak did so inadvertently. In fact, Novak has been inconsistent on the question of the motivations of his sources, and administration officials had reportedly disclosed Plame's CIA employment to other reporters even before Novak received the information from his primary source, suggesting not inadvertent disclosures but, rather, a concerted effort to get the information out.
On Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN correspondent Dana Bash uncritically reported that sources within Sen. Rick Santorum's re-election campaign said the campaign's internal polling showed that 85 percent of Americans opposed "what they label as amnesty." But Bash did not actually quote the purported poll or elaborate on how Santorum's campaign defines "amnesty."
On MSNBC's Hardball, Chris Matthews praised a campaign advertisement by Vernon Robinson, a Republican congressional candidate in North Carolina, as "tough" and "strong," despite the ad's attacks on "homosexuals" and "the lesbians and feminists" and its reference to "aliens" who "didn't come in a spaceship," but rather "came across our unguarded Mexican border by the millions."
Keith Olbermann granted Sean Hannity second runner-up of his nightly "Worst Person" award for complaining that the media and the Bush administration were not "paying attention to what was the biggest story in the lead-up to the [Iraq] war": the discredited claim by Sen. Rick Santorum and House Intelligence Committee chairman Peter Hoekstra that a recently declassified intelligence report found that there were "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq prior to the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
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On MSNBC's Hardball, Norah O'Donnell questioned the sincerity of anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan's recently initiated hunger strike, asking her: "Isn't this really just more of a publicity stunt?" During the discussion of Sheehan's two-month protest, the on-screen text read: "Starving for Attention." O'Donnell also presented a distorted version of Sheehan's position on the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
Norah O'Donnell baselessly asserted that prior to President Bush's recently expressed openness to the House immigration bill, Bush "has been straight on this issue. ... He has been consistent on this issue, which is we have to be compassionate -- this is the part of [being a] 'compassionate conservative' -- to those illegal immigrants in this country." In fact, House Judiciary Committee chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. had accused Bush of "turn[ing] his back" on House Republican efforts on immigration after initially advocating some of the House bill's harshest provisions.
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Discussing charges of plagiarism against Ann Coulter, Keith Olbermann wondered whether Coulter had attacked former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair, who resigned from the Times amid allegations that he fabricated facts and committed plagiarism. A Media Matters for America review produced several examples of Coulter attacking Blair for plagiarism and repeatedly invoking the disgraced reporter to attack the Times and score conservative political points.