A New York Times op-ed by Martin B. Gold and Dimple Gupta that criticized legislation changing Senate rules to "make it easier for last-minute proposals to be inserted into legislation behind closed doors" identified the writers only as "lawyers and former Congressional aides." In fact, both previously served as aides to Senate Republicans -- Gold for former Majority Leader Bill Frist and Gupta for Sen. Arlen Specter during Specter's tenure as chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
The New York Times reported that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-NY) presidential campaign "struggled to explain whether a tip was left for a waitress who served Mrs. Clinton during a recent visit." In fact, the Times previously reported that the Clinton campaign said it had left a tip, and that the restaurant manager confirmed that a tip had been left.
In his New York Times column, David Brooks wrote that Sen. John McCain "led the charge against [convicted lobbyist] Jack Abramoff." In fact, as chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, McCain reportedly steered the Abramoff investigation away from examining any potential wrongdoing by his Republican colleagues. Brooks also asserted that "[w]hile others ignored the spending binge, McCain was among the fiscal hawks." But while McCain originally opposed the 2003 Bush tax cuts on fiscal policy grounds, he subsequently voted to extend them.
In a New York Times article, Elisabeth Bumiller asserted: "Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama tangled on Friday over whether women should be treated equally to men in the boxing ring of presidential politics. At the same time, Mrs. Clinton elaborated on the 'pile-on politics' video her campaign prepared, which showed her under assault from the six male candidates at the Democratic debate on Tuesday." However, none of the quotes Bumiller provided in the article support the suggestion that either the Clinton campaign or the Obama campaign had asserted that women should not "be treated equally to men in the boxing ring of presidential politics."
A New York Times article reported that "[a]lthough violence persisted outside Baghdad, civilian casualties in the capital appeared to decline sharply recently, with 317 civilians killed in October," adding that this number represented "a drop of more than 50 percent from August, when 656 civilians were killed, according to statistics gathered by the Interior Ministry." Yet the article did not mention that ethnic cleansing may account for the decrease in civilian casualties, as noted by a number of other media outlets and the Government Accountability Office's director of international affairs and trade.
News outlets including CNN, the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times uncritically quoted White House spokeswoman Dana Perino's response to a question about an October 23 Federal Emergency Management Agency press conference, in which the questions were asked by FEMA staffers playing reporters. Perino said of the conference, "It is not a practice that we would employ here at the White House and we certainly don't condone it." But these news outlets failed to note previous Bush administration scandals involving "fake" reporting.