Various media figures and reports have helped perpetuate the myth of Sen. John McCain as a straight-talking maverick who is feared by lobbyists and representatives of special interests. But McCain's campaign reportedly has more current and former lobbyists on staff or as advisers and more current and former lobbyist fundraising bundlers than any other candidate.
A Washington Times headline claimed in reference to Sen. John McCain: "McCain refuses to pander." In fact, The Washington Times itself has reported on McCain's efforts to satisfy conservative Republicans by changing his positions on issues such as taxes and immigration.
The Washington Times misrepresented an Associated Press photograph, claiming that it showed Hillary Clinton "tear[ing] up during a stop in New Haven, Conn." In fact, according to the caption provided by the AP, it depicted Clinton "wiping her eye and sipping water to get her cough under control"; it does not depict the moment at the New Haven event the accompanying Times article highlighted.
A Washington Times editorial falsely claimed that Sen. Barack Obama "argu[ed] cold-bloodedly on the Illinois Senate floor that babies who survive botched late-term abortions should not be considered 'persons' because this would be tantamount to admitting 'that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a -- a child, a 9-month old -- child that was delivered to term.' " In fact, he was not discussing "late-term abortions" in the remarks the editorial highlighted; Obama was asserting that the bill in question, which was not limited to late-term abortions, would "essentially bar abortions."
A Washington Times column reporting that Chris Matthews spoke about Sen. Barack Obama's presidential candidacy and the "galloping horse of history" ran under the headline "Black horse."
Media Matters for America has identified numerous media outlets or figures who reported that the National Journal has rated Sen. Barack Obama "the most liberal senator in 2007," but did not report that the same National Journal feature stated that Sen. John McCain "did not vote frequently enough in 2007 to draw a composite score. He missed more than half of the votes in both the economic and foreign-policy categories."
The Washington Times claimed that during his 2004 Senate campaign, Barack Obama "took positions" on health care for undocumented immigrants, mandatory minimum sentences, and single-payer health insurance "that conflict with statements that he has made during his run for the White House." But the Times omitted key parts of Obama's statements on these issues, the inclusion of which would have undermined its characterization of Obama as having changed his positions.
A Washington Times article and a Boston Globe column both discussed a statement from the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women that criticized Sen. Edward M. Kennedy for endorsing Sen. Barack Obama and not Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, but both omitted the Clinton campaign's reported disavowal of NOW New York's statement. In a New York Daily News column, Bill Hammond reported that "her [Clinton's] campaign quickly disavowed [NOW New York president Marcia] Pappas' attack on Kennedy. 'This statement does not at all reflect her views or the opinion of the Clinton campaign,' spokesman Howard Wolfson said."
In a Washington Times column, R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. wrote that Sen. Hillary Clinton's "experience ... includes lying under oath, and obstructing justice." But Clinton has never been charged with, let alone found guilty of, "lying under oath" or "obstructing justice."
A Washington Times article claimed that Rudy Giuliani "skipped the first six nomination contests"; in fact, Giuliani spent considerable time and money in Iowa and New Hampshire. Indeed, ABC News has reported that Giuliani held more events in New Hampshire than any other Republican except for Mitt Romney and spent more on TV ads there than anyone except for Romney and John McCain.
A Washington Times article misrepresented Sen. Hillary Clinton's January 7 statement on civil rights -- which it claimed "seemed to diminish the accomplishments of Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement -- by reporting that she said: "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done." But Clinton actually said: "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when he was able to get through Congress something that President Kennedy was hopeful to do, the president before had not even tried, but it took a president to get it done."
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."