Reporting on Sen. Jim Webb's proposal to "specify minimum periods between deployment of units and members of the Armed Forces" deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, several media outlets noted Sen. John McCain's criticism that the amendment is "unconstitutional" without including comments from Webb or any other Democrat defending the constitutionality of the proposal.
ABC News' The Note claimed that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in favoring legislation calling for troop withdrawal timelines, "virtually ensured the return of polarized Iraq politics -- and is giving the left the showdown (take two) it craves." But polling repeatedly shows that a significant majority of the country supports withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq in -- at most -- a timeframe that comports with what Reid has suggested.
An article in The Hill on a recommendation before Congress by Gen. David Petraeus to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to pre-"surge" levels by the summer of 2008 asserted that, in President Bush's address to the nation laying out the plan, "his sell might not be so difficult," citing as evidence a Rasmussen Reports poll that "showed that 43 percent of Americans support the Petraeus plan while 38 percent oppose it." But the poll did not offer respondents other options to choose from -- including withdrawal of a greater number of troops than that recommended by Petraeus.
A Reuters article uncritically quoted Matthew Woessner, a professor at Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg, saying that Democrats face a potential "nightmare scenario" over Iraq if "the sum total of the pressures from their constituency groups, are out of step with mainstream America." The article didn't cite any polls to back up Woessner's claim; in fact, polls show that a majority of Americans oppose the war in Iraq and believe that some or all troops should be withdrawn from Iraq.
On Countdown, Keith Olbermann named Bill O'Reilly the "winner" in his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for falsely asserting, as Media Matters for America documented, that a poll by "Pew Research or something like that" "says that most Americans won't vote for you if you get an endorsement by a gay rights group."