Major papers and the broadcast news networks have either ignored or downplayed the "personal and political baggage" identified by the staff of former New York City mayor and presumptive 2008 Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani in a document that lays out his plan for a "bid for the White House."
A Washington Post article described Rudy Giuliani as "tough," citing among other positions his opposition to withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. But the article did not elaborate on how holding this position makes one "tough" or whether holding the opposite view makes one not "tough."
In a New York Post op-ed, Deborah Orin-Eilbeck used a poll conducted by a Republican firm to suggest that both Sen. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani would "trounc[e]" Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 presidential election. However, recent independent polls show Clinton either favored or much closer in those matchups.
The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric featured a Muslim American in its "Free Speech" segment following commentary by Rudy Giuliani and Rush Limbaugh, but after six of the segments, the program has still not offered a Democratic or progressive take on national security.
The first week of the new "Free Speech" segment on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric included appearances by Rudy Giuliani and Rush Limbaugh echoing GOP rhetoric on national security. But the program has offered no time to Democratic or progressive commentators to offer their views on the subject.
On the syndicated Chris Matthews Show, BBC Washington correspondent Katty Kay asserted that a new book that critically examines Rudy Giuliani's role in New York City's response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks "is gonna sound a little bit turgid, I think, and bureaucratic compared to this hero image which Rudy Giuliani has." Later in the program, Matthews compared Giuliani's standing among voters to that of Sen. John McCain, asserting that he "expect[s] McCain to win every one of these polls. The press loves McCain. We're his base."
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Discussing former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's performance before, during, and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with author Wayne Barrett, Norah O'Donnell asked Barrett: "[Y]ou can't honestly say he [Giuliani] could have predicted that that area [the World Trade Center complex] would have been attacked?" In response, Barrett pointed out that the World Trade Center complex "was at the top of the vulnerability list that [Giuliani's] own police department prepared."
In a July 26 article, the New York Post reported that "Peter Cook, who humiliated his supermodel wife, Christie Brinkley, by bedding a doe-eyed teen in the Hamptons, has given thousands in campaign cash to [Sen.] Hillary Rodham Clinton [D-NY]." The Post went on to report that it asked Clinton whether she would return Cook's campaign contributions. Now that the New York Post has decided to start asking candidates if they will return contributions connected to people who have committed adultery, fairness demands that the Post apply this standard consistently.
On NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, MSNBC host Chris Matthews again predicted that "the next president of the United States will be Rudy Giuliani."
Chris Matthews continued his practice of praising former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as a strong potential presidential candidate in 2008, comparing him to President John F. Kennedy. And when NBC News chief foreign correspondent Andrea Mitchell attempted to bring up criticism Giuliani received for pushing President Bush to nominate former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik to the post of Homeland Security secretary, Matthews interrupted her and changed the subject.
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 Hardball, host Chris Matthews compared President Bush's post-Iraq visit speech earlier that day to "[former New York City Mayor Rudy ] Giuliani at his best at 9-11," adding that the president "spoke a lot like the best of [former British Prime Minister Sir Winston] Churchill." Matthews also noted that Giuliani would be the "perfect" candidate to replace Bush in 2008, and praised newly elected Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA) for his stance on immigration. Matthews made these comments during a show in which he conducted solo interviews of three Republicans, but no solo interviews of Democrats or progressives.
Chris Matthews said he is "still hanging in there for a McCain-Giuliani ticket" for the 2008 presidential election because "the country may be a little tired of the Bushes and the Clintons."
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Recent media coverage of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has focused largely on his presumptive bid for the 2008 Republican nomination for president. Certain media outlets, however, are seemingly reluctant to look past Giuliani's reputation as "America's mayor" and note that Giuliani's career as a political figure -- both before and after the 9-11 attacks -- has been marked by numerous controversies and incidents that, at the time, were considered politically damaging.
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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