On MSNBC News Live, Amy Robach asked if the purported "honeymoon" Sen. Barack Obama is enjoying with the media would "officially [be] over when he officially enters the [2008 presidential] race." While Robach did not comment on MSNBC's coverage of Obama during this purported "honeymoon" period, MSNBC hosts and guests have highlighted Obama's middle name and mocked his purported sensitivity to comments about his ears.
On MSNBC, Tony Blankley claimed that President Bush "doesn't have much of a political view" of Iraq. "He is now looking at the policy ... and he's going to decide what to decide on a policy basis." Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus repeated the claim by Bush supporters that he "has always been pretty good [at] not conducting his job based on the polls, even if a lot of the people around him wanted to."
On MSNBC News Live, beyond pointing out that "there are a lot of deaths every day," Norah O'Donnell did not challenge Laura Bush when she claimed that the media have failed to cover "a lot of good things that are happening" in Iraq or when she accused the media of lacking a "balanced view" of Iraq in emphasizing reports of violence. Instead, O'Donnell prompted her to point out "some of those good things that people should know about."
On Imus in the Morning, Newsweek's Evan Thomas characterized John McCain's proposal to increase troop levels in Baghdad for the purpose of gaining control of the security situation on the ground as "having the guts to send in ... more troops." Neither Thomas nor Don Imus noted serious questions about the feasibility of McCain's proposal.
Following a confrontation between Tony Snow and NBC's David Gregory, numerous conservative media figures attacked Gregory, calling him "angry," "partisan," "grouchy," and "ignorant," and claiming that he is "doing this for personal gain."
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Media Matters for America has identified six findings in the Iraq Study Group's report that major news outlets have largely overlooked. They include: that the Pentagon has significantly underreported the extent of violence in Iraq, that U.S. officials possess little knowledge about the sources of the ongoing attacks, and that the situation in Afghanistan has grown so dire that U.S. troops may need to be diverted there from Iraq.
Tucker Carlson encouraged Dick Collins, who took over the anti-Hillary Clinton website Stop Her Now, in his bashing of Sen. Clinton. Collins characterized her as an "ultraliberal," an "ambitious, calculating, tough politician," and an "ultra left-wing Democrat."
Commenting on Sen. John McCain's proposal to send more troops to Iraq, The New York Times' Anne Kornblut claimed that "McCain is proving that he is nothing if not an independent-minded maverick on this." In making that assertion, however, Kornblut ignored the fact that McCain's plan may be politically convenient, as others have alleged.
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NBC's Andrea Mitchell asserted that President Bush "has proved he can be pragmatic," citing instances in which Bush has reversed course on major policy and staff decisions. But during the 2004 presidential campaign, Mitchell uncritically repeated GOP characterizations of purported shifts by Sen. John Kerry as "flip-flops."