On Today, Tim Russert discussed the schedules from Sen. Hillary Clinton's time as first lady and asserted: "Senator Clinton has made her experience such a part of this campaign, particularly her eight years as first lady. So this may be very rich in terms of exactly how did she spend her time, who did she meet with?" Russert added that "this, I think, today will be analyzed very closely by all of us at NBC News and media organizations across the country." Indeed, while NBC and MSNBC journalists discussed more substantive issues related to her schedules, they also repeatedly discussed what the schedules say, or do not say, about where Hillary Clinton was during Monica Lewinsky's encounters with President Clinton, in many cases teasing segments or leading them with that information.
On MSNBC Live, Tamron Hall aired an ad from Sen. John McCain that accuses Mitt Romney of "chang[ing] positions like the wind" on his support for "the Bush tax cuts." But Hall did not mention that McCain himself has shifted positions on President Bush's tax cuts or that McCain has previously denounced "negative campaigns."
On MSNBC, anchor Tamron Hall claimed that Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are "both saying that the new strategy" in Iraq "is working," and later asked VoteVets.org's Jon Soltz whether it would hurt anti-war organizations' message "when you hear from ... the two leading candidates for president ... saying 'Hey, things are working, so then why not stay longer?' " But neither Clinton nor Obama has said that President Bush's troop increase strategy is "working," and neither has advocated "stay[ing] longer."