A New York Times article falsely asserted that Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign had "released a letter signed by Mrs. Clinton calling on MSNBC to fire a reporter who had made an off-color reference to her daughter." In fact, the letter did not "call on" NBC News president Steve Capus to fire the reporter, David Shuster; indeed, Clinton's letter did not seek any specific action against Shuster.
A New York Times article about possible attacks against Sen. Barack Obama in the general election reported that Sen. John McCain's aides said "their first line of attack would be to portray [Obama] as a liberal, and they have already begun pointing to a rating in The National Journal, based on his votes, of Mr. Obama as the most liberal member of the Senate." But among the "liberal" positions Obama took to earn the distinction of "most liberal senator in 2007" were his votes to implement the bipartisan 9-11 Commission's homeland security recommendations, provide more children with health insurance, expand federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research, and maintain a federal minimum wage.
Despite reporting in early 2007 Bill Donohue's criticism of John Edwards' presidential campaign for hiring two bloggers who Donohue said are "anti-Catholic, vulgar, trash-talking bigots," neither The New York Times nor the Associated Press has reported that Donohue blasted Sen. John McCain for accepting the endorsement of televangelist John Hagee. In a statement, Donohue described Hagee as a "bigot," and said McCain should "retract his embrace of Hagee."
In an article about President Bush's February 28 press conference, The New York Times uncritically quoted Bush saying the following in response to a question about the source of funding for his presidential library: "I, frankly, have been focused elsewhere, like on gasoline prices and, you know, my trip to Africa, and haven't seen the fund-raising strategy yet." The Times did not mention that earlier in the press conference, Bush said he "hadn't heard" that gas prices might rise to $4 gallon.
The New York Times reported that "the McCain campaign stepped up its criticism" of Sen. Barack Obama over whether Obama will accept public financing for the general election if Sen. John McCain does the same. But the article did not mention the Times' own previous reporting that McCain has waffled about whether he would accept public financing in the general election.
In recent days, members of the media asserted that Sen. Hillary Clinton displayed "mood swings," "could be depressed," "[r]esembl[ed] someone with multiple personality disorder," and "has turned into Sybil."
After reporting that, at the Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Barack Obama "was asked whether he would reject the support of Louis Farrakhan," The New York Times' Patrick Healy and Jeff Zeleny purported to convey Obama's response, but left out Obama's repeated denunciation of Farrakhan's comments, writing only: " 'I obviously can't censor him,' Mr. Obama said. 'It is not support that I sought.' "
In an item consisting of suggested questions sent in by readers for the upcoming Democratic presidential debate, The New York Times featured a question for Sen. Barack Obama that included the assertion that Obama's church, Trinity United Church of Christ, "gives the impression that it encourages only black attendance and black allegiance." The reader went on to write: "Your willing participation in this church for some 20 years does not speak to an open mind and quest. Please explain." But visitors to the church have said that they experienced Trinity as racially inclusive.
Editorials in The New York Times and The Washington Post both asserted that Sen. John McCain has agreed to accept public financing in the general election if Sen. Barack Obama does. But neither editorial mentioned that according to a Times article, McCain advisers said earlier in the week that he would not accept public financing in the general election.
Reporting on Rush Limbaugh's mock endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama for president, The New York Times' Jacques Steinberg quoted Limbaugh saying: "Barack Obama is pro-life" and "Barack Obama is a tax-cutter extraordinaire." Steinberg then suggested that Limbaugh's comments on taxes and abortion were not "descriptive of Mr. Obama, a liberal Democrat," and explained that the "point" of Limbaugh's "endorsement," according to Limbaugh, "was that Mr. Obama represented 'a blank canvas upon which anyone can project their fantasies and desires.' " But, Obama has, in fact, proposed tax cuts for "middle-class workers, homeowners and retirees" and has made it clear that he supports abortion rights.
CNN's Kiran Chetry aired and The New York Times quoted Sen. John McCain's statement that "[i]t's not an accident [Sen. Barack Obama] has, I think, according to the National Journal, the most liberal voting record in the United States Senate. I have one of the most conservative," but neither mentioned that the Journal's ratings did not include McCain because he "did not vote frequently enough in 2007 to draw a composite score."
The New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller claimed that "Senator John McCain began tapping into President Bush's prized political donor base on Tuesday." In fact, four of the five "major McCain fundraisers" Bumiller mentioned in her article were either Bush Rangers or Pioneers -- people who raised $100,000 and $200,000, respectively -- during the 2004 election and signed up to raise money for McCain in 2007 or 2006.
The New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg wrote that Sen. John McCain's "differences with the White House are well known," and added: "He did not vote for the president's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, a sore point with groups like the conservative Club for Growth." However, Stolberg did not note that after opposing the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, McCain now supports making the tax cuts permanent -- a position Bush noted during his Sunday interview.