On MSNBC's Scarborough Country, radio host Michael Smerconish again lamented the "sissification of America," this time in reference to the verdict in which Al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison instead of death for his role in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Host Joe Scarborough appeared to adopt Smerconish's terminology, suggesting that Americans aren't "reminded every day" about 9-11 by the "news network[s]," and that "[m]aybe this is part of the -- what do you call it, the sissification of America?"
Chris Matthews suggested moving the United Nations into the new buildings being constructed at the site of the World Trade Center, so that if "if anything happens again, they [terrorists] decide to try it again, the whole world is captive to it." Matthews added that he "would love that" because "then you'd be blowing up the whole world, not just us. And you'd force these guys to choose sides, the U.N."
Chris Matthews failed to challenge Rep. Tom Tancredo's (R-CO) false assertion that an immigration bill co-sponsored by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) does not contain provisions to improve border security or impose tougher sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants.
Tucker Carlson corrected his false claim -- first documented by Media Matters for America -- that the American Civil Liberties Union did not "stand up for" Rush Limbaugh while he was being investigated for allegations that he illegally obtained prescription painkillers.
On MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews and Newsweek chief political correspondent Howard Fineman praised former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) while speculating on their potential as Republican candidates in the 2008 presidential race. Matthews said of Giuliani: "He looks like [a] president to me." When Matthews called a potential McCain-Giuliani ticket something for "Democrats ... to go home and worry about," Fineman agreed that it would be like "Starsky and Hutch."
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On MSNBC's Scarborough Country, Pat Buchanan said that a Spanish-language version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is "a provocation and an insult" but that, ultimately, it is "a good thing in this sense: The American people are awakening to the character of these people."
Keith Olbermann declared nationally syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham the "Worst Person in the World" for her assertion that the mainstream media -- which she said "tilt to the left" -- support granting illegal immigrants citizenship because they are "new viewers, new listeners, new customers to the more liberal viewpoint."
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Tucker Carlson attacked the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for "not standing up for Rush Limbaugh" while he was being investigated for allegations of committing fraud to obtain prescription painkillers. But in January 2004, the ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Limbaugh's case protesting the state of Florida's seizure of Limbaugh's medical records as a violation of his right to privacy.
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.
On the third anniversary of President Bush's premature declaration of victory in Iraq, Media Matters has compiled examples of media that sounded alarms over Iraq's purported weapons of mass destruction capabilities now sounding similar alarms over Iran.
MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell failed to challenge Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's (R-TN) suggestion that drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is necessary to reduce America's "60 percent dependen[ce]" on foreign oil. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, drilling in ANWR would reduce projected U.S. dependence on oil imports by only 4 percent over the next 20 years, from 68 percent in 2025 to 64 percent.
On MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Wall Street Journal national political editor John Harwood claimed that White House senior adviser Karl Rove was at most guilty of "backhanded confirmations" of classified information and therefore cannot reasonably be accused of leaking. Harwood's assertion amounts to the claim that mere confirmation -- as opposed to actual disclosure -- of classified information does not constitute an unauthorized leak. Harwood's assertion is not supported by the law or the facts.
Keith Olbermann awarded Bill O'Reilly third place in his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment. O'Reilly was honored for his statement, first documented by Media Matters for America, that "I have to go on what my military analysts, people paid by Fox News, say to me. I can't base my opinion on anything else."
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On the April 20 edition of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Pat Buchanan falsely claimed that "the Dow Jones [Industrial Average] hit a record today" and that "the stock market is at an all-time high." In fact, none of the three major U.S. stock market indices reached record highs on April 20.