A New York Times article adopted House Republicans' characterization of their proposed measure to revise the RESTORE Act, a bill amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The article claimed that "on its face," the measure "asked lawmakers to declare where they stood on stopping Osama bin Laden from attacking the United States again." In fact, the measure would have exempted the president from requirements of the bill as long as he claimed to be acting to protect the country from attack.
A Washington Post column discussing a congressional resolution that would label the killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915-1923 as genocide quoted White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe saying, "What happened nearly 100 years ago in Turkey and Armenia is tragic, but is an historical issue that needs to be worked out by those two countries, not the United States Congress." But the column did not mention that as a presidential candidate in 2000 Bush sent a letter to the Armenian National Committee of America declaring that "[t]he Armenians were subjected to a genocidal campaign that defies comprehension." According to an excerpt of the letter, Bush also said that if elected president, he "would ensure that our nation properly recognizes the tragic suffering of the Armenian people."
An October 12 New York Times article about a House of Representatives resolution labeling the killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915-1923 as genocide reported that the Bush administration opposed the resolution. However, the article did not mention that as a presidential candidate in 2000, Bush sent a letter to the Armenian National Committee of America, in which, according to a press release on the organization's website, he wrote that "[t]he Armenians were subjected to a genocidal campaign that defies comprehension" and that if elected president, he "would ensure that our nation properly recognizes the tragic suffering of the Armenian people." An October 11 Times article also did not mention the letter.
Reporting on a House resolution stating that the Ottoman Empire committed genocide against the Armenian people, numerous print outlets noted President Bush's opposition to the measure. However, none of those outlets mentioned that as a presidential candidate in 2000, Bush sent a letter to the Armenian National Committee of America, according to a press release on the organization's website, in which he wrote that "[t]he Armenians were subjected to a genocidal campaign that defies comprehension" and that if elected president, he "would ensure that our nation properly recognizes the tragic suffering of the Armenian people."
Many major media outlets that covered the controversy surrounding MoveOn.org's "General Betray Us" ad have yet to cover the bipartisan outcry over Rush Limbaugh's remarks characterizing service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq as "phony soldiers."
A New York Times article on Fred Thompson claimed that "the calls flooding" Thompson's Senate office "in the winter of 1999 showed that his Tennessee constituents overwhelmingly favored removing President Bill Clinton from office." In fact, polls conducted in Tennessee around that time period showed that Tennesseans largely disapproved of removing Clinton from office.
On September 22, the Politico reported that Mitt Romney "has remained mum on the alleged killing of 11 Iraqis by a company where one of his top advisers serves as vice chairman, even as the case has led to an uproar in Baghdad and Washington. ... The top counterterrorism and national security adviser to Romney's presidential campaign is Cofer Black, vice chairman of Blackwater USA." But despite prominent reports by the five major newspapers and the three networks on the Iraqi Interior Ministry revoking Blackwater USA's license, none of those outlets has reported on Romney's connection to Blackwater or his refusal to comment on the matter.
In a New York Times article, Katharine Q. Seelye reported that MoveOn.org paid the Times $77,508 for its controversial General Betray Us" ad, and that Rudy Giuliani's campaign said it "would not pay the difference" between the "standby" rate and its regular rate for an ad it ran in response to MoveOn.org's because the Times "did not guarantee when it would run" Giuliani's ad. But three days earlier, Times public editor Clark Hoyt had written that Giuliani "demanded space in the following Friday's Times to answer MoveOn.org" and "got it." Further, Seelye herself had previously reported Giuliani's intention to request space in that day's paper for a rebuttal ad.
In a New York Times Magazine article on a Republican resolution condemning MoveOn.org's ad criticizing Gen. David Petraeus, writer Matt Bai asserted that Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama "voted for a lighter Democratic version of the resolution, but Mrs. Clinton voted against the final Republican measure and Mr. Obama skipped the vote as a protest. You might say they voted for it before they voted against it." While Bai highlighted this purported inconsistency, he did not note that only two Republican senators voted for the "Democratic version of the resolution."
A New York Times article on the passage of Sen. John Cornyn's amendment repudiating a MoveOn.org ad critical of Gen. David Petraeus described another amendment by Sen. Barbara Boxer as "extremely similar" and claimed that Boxer's amendment "did not mention the MoveOn.org ad." In fact, Boxer's amendment did mention the MoveOn.org ad but, unlike Cornyn's amendment, also noted Republican-backed attacks against Democratic Sen. John Kerry and former Sen. Max Cleland in condemning "all attacks on the honor, integrity, and patriotism" of those who have served in the military.