Conservative media have claimed the White House's controversial conversations with Rep. Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff -- which have been described by experts as "garden-variety politics" -- constituted criminal activity. But when Bush administration official Scooter Libby was investigated, tried, and convicted, conservative media decried it as "criminalizing politics."
Tucker Carlson baselessly criticized a caller to his MSNBC show by conflating "the rest of the world" with "Islamic extremists." In fact, worldwide polling suggests that America's image has indeed declined worldwide since President Bush took office in 2001.
On his MSNBC program, host Tucker Carlson claimed that "[t]here's never been a shred of evidence" that the disclosure of former CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity "compromised our national security." But the special counsel in charge of investigating the leak found that Plame's identity had been protected by the CIA "not just for the officer, but for the nation's security." Further, reports have indicated that the subsequent disclosure of Plame's CIA front company likely endangered other officers' work.
On MSNBC's Tucker, host Tucker Carlson said to guest Jesse Diaz, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, "you may be counting Hispanic immigrants from Puerto Rico," after Diaz said that "only 55 percent of illegals are of Mexican descent." However, all native Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens.
Now that right-wing pundit Ann Coulter has been accused of numerous instances of plagiarism, will the many media outlets on which she has made recent appearances to promote her latest book continue to provide her with a platform to shout her twisted rants, and if so, will they confront her with these charges?
While promoting her new book on Hannity & Colmes and The Situation with Tucker Carlson, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter continued to bash both liberals and family members of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Coulter asserted that Jesus would say that "we are called upon to do battle" on liberalism. In criticizing family members of 9-11 victims, Coulter asked: "[D]o I have to kill my mother so I can be a victim, too?"
On MSNBC's The Situation, Tucker Carlson described Al Gore as a "zealot" and a "bible-thumper," also saying of him, "He's a wild-eyed religious nut. And his religion is the environment."
Rush Limbaugh, Don Imus, and Tucker Carlson touted a report by Matt Drudge claiming that according to "sources," Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Howard Dean had authorized a secret effort to aid Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu in his attempt to unseat incumbent New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin -- even after Drudge issued an apparent retraction.
Tucker Carlson corrected his false claim -- first documented by Media Matters for America -- that the American Civil Liberties Union did not "stand up for" Rush Limbaugh while he was being investigated for allegations that he illegally obtained prescription painkillers.
Tucker Carlson attacked the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for "not standing up for Rush Limbaugh" while he was being investigated for allegations of committing fraud to obtain prescription painkillers. But in January 2004, the ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Limbaugh's case protesting the state of Florida's seizure of Limbaugh's medical records as a violation of his right to privacy.
Tucker Carlson asserted that the testimony of a woman allegedly raped at an off-campus party hosted by members of the Duke University men's lacrosse team "is to be taken ... a little differently" from that of "an ordinary person" because she is "a crypto-hooker" who "hires herself out to dance naked in front of and ... sometimes sleep with ... strangers."
After the contentious exchange between Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas and President Bush during Bush's March 21 press conference, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and several other conservative commentators rushed to attack Thomas. O'Reilly accused her of "hat[ing] Bush and try[ing] to undermine everything he does," and even suggesting that if he were Bush, he "would have laid her out." Several other conservative media figures -- including Jonah Goldberg, Fred Barnes, Glenn Beck, and Tucker Carlson -- have followed suit, sometimes with highly personal attacks.
Numerous media outlets and commentators have gone to great lengths to avoid using some version of the simplest construction to describe Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental shooting of a hunting partner, Harry Whittington: Cheney shot Whittington. Instead, the media have come up with alternative formulations that have the effect of distancing Cheney from the incident.