The Washington Times reprinted portions of an Investor's Business Daily editorial smearing Sen. Barack Obama's faith, including the editorial's charge that "[a]t the core of the Democratic front-runner's faith ... is African nativism," and the false assertion that the "Black Value System" espoused by Obama's church "encourages blacks to group together and separate from the larger American society by pooling their money, patronizing black-only businesses and backing black leaders." In fact, according to a document on the church's website, the Black Value System urges members to "Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions."
The headline of a Washington Times article falsely asserted: "Hillary likens Obama to 'pathetic' Bush." The article itself stated that Hillary Clinton "compared her rival, Sen. Barack Obama, to President Bush on executive abilities -- just minutes after calling the current president 'pathetic.' The brief exchange began after Mr. Obama of Illinois said in response to a debate question about his greatest weakness that he has trouble keeping track of paperwork." In fact, Clinton used the word "pathetic" -- in reference to Bush "begging the Saudis and others to drop the price of oil" -- more than six minutes before mentioning Bush's abilities as a chief executive in reference to comments Obama had made to a question about his strengths and weaknesses.
In articles on the recent congressional vote to override President Bush's veto of the SCHIP bill, The Washington Times and the Politico uncritically reported that Republicans are urging Democrats to seek a compromise, but did not note that the legislation Bush vetoed represented a bipartisan compromise.
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."
A Washington Times article reported that House Minority Leader John Boehner was demanding that House Democrats take up a nonbinding resolution condemning MoveOn.org's "General Betray Us" ad, but the Times did not note that Boehner declared earlier this year that a "nonbinding resolution is nothing more than political theater."
For the second time in a week, The Washington Times asserted in an article that "[f]ugitive businessman Norman Hsu ... donated more than $1 million to senior Democrats" and that "some of his donations were made through several people." However, Hsu himself has donated only "$260,000 to Democratic Party groups and federal candidates since 2004," as the article itself later noted, and the Wall Street Journal article that first suggested Hsu had orchestrated illegal campaign contributions provided no evidence that he had actually done so.
The Washington Times claimed that Norman Hsu "donated more than $1 million to senior Democrats, including the presidential campaigns of Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois." The article later claimed, providing no evidence, that "[s]ome of Mr. Hsu's donations were made through several people" -- which would presumably be a violation of federal law. In fact, Hsu himself has reportedly donated $255,000 to federal candidates since 2003," and has acted as a "bundler," soliciting friends and associates to make contributions to certain candidates with their own money, which, when added to Hsu's own donations, total more than $1 million. Bundling itself is not illegal, but as The New York Times noted, it is "illegal for a bundler to reimburse a contributor."
CNN's Glenn Beck and Fox News' Dagen McDowell repeated the false claim that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro had given an "endorsement" to Sens. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in a Cuban newspaper column. But nowhere in his column did Castro endorse Clinton or Obama; to the contrary, he attributed to Clinton and Obama a pro-democratic view that he called an "error," and he said of Clinton and Obama, "They are not making politics: they are playing a game of cards on a Sunday afternoon."
The Washington Times falsely claimed that "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton [D-NY] ... told the VFW [Veterans of Foreign Wars] conference on Monday that the surge is clearly 'working.' " In fact, Clinton never said that President Bush's troop "surge" policy in Iraq "is clearly 'working.' " Instead, she linked the improvements in Iraq's Al Anbar Province to new "tactics," not Bush's troop escalation.