In an article on President Bush's threat to veto legislation expanding federal funding for stem cell research, Time magazine reported that "you could argue" that Bush "has made a career of ... holding fast to positions that many voters reject, as a sign of strength in these dangerous times." In fact, as Media Matters for America and many others have pointed out, Bush has a long history of reversing course on issues, particularly when it is politically expedient or necessary to do so.
An article in Time magazine reported that "a strategic makeover" of the Bush administration's foreign policy "is evident in the ascendancy of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice," and that "Rice is a foreign policy realist, less inclined to the moralizing approach of the neoconservatives who dominated Bush's War Cabinet in the first term." But the suggestion that the administration is moving away from the so-called "Bush doctrine" and toward Rice's "realist" approach ignores Rice's central role in promoting the "Bush doctrine" and in particular her role in selling the Iraq war to the American people.
Time columnist Joe Klein continued his pattern of denigrating liberals while praising conservatives, this time reviving a quote from Washington Post columnist Michael Kinsley who, in purporting to characterize politics in the 1980s, said that while "liberals hunt down heretics ... conservatives happily chase converts." However, in 1996, Klein used the same Kinsley quote but argued that "[i]t's been the opposite in the '90s."
On Fox News Live, Time magazine White House correspondent Mike Allen declared that the guilty verdicts for former Enron CEOs Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling are "going to be very helpful to the president [George W. Bush] because it shows that even friends of the president, even big business, longtime supporters of the president are prosecuted, and there is justice even for big fish."
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In a profile of Gen. Michael V. Hayden, President Bush's nominee for director of the CIA, Time magazine senior editor Nancy Gibbs wrote that Hayden "was credited with so effectively defending the National Security Agency's no-warrant wiretapping program after it was exposed in December that he helped turn a simmering scandal into a political win for the Administration." However, Gibbs's reporting omitted a key point: In defending the surveillance program, Hayden made statements that were mutually inconsistent and that contradicted those of other administration officials.
Time columnist Joe Klein -- the magazine's "most liberal commentator" -- continued a pattern of attacking Democrats, the "Democratic left," and liberals. While purportedly critical of White House senior adviser Karl Rove, who he said will launch "another nefarious" campaign against Democrats in the run-up to the 2006 elections, Klein argued that Rove will "be aided by those on the noisome left" and singled out three prominent African-American House Democrats as particularly susceptible to such attacks.
In a May 5 online article, Time magazine reporters Mike Allen and Timothy J. Burger wrote that the Bush administration's controversial warrantless domestic surveillance program targets domestic phone calls "if one of the parties has known links to al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations." In fact, media reports have revealed that the NSA has monitored the communications of thousands of people with no relationship to Al Qaeda or other terrorist organizations.
In his Time magazine column, Joe Klein advocated drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) as a means of lowering gasoline prices. Contrary to Klein's suggestion, however, a U.S. Department of Energy study found that oil production in ANWR would have a relatively insignificant impact upon crude oil prices.
In a May 2 washingtonpost.com chat, Time magazine senior writer and columnist Joe Klein denied he had ever said that "the left hates America." But in an April 14 entry on the Huffington Post weblog, Klein stated that the "left wing" of the Democratic Party has a "hate America tendency."
Time White House correspondent Mike Allen granted anonymity to Bush administration sources promoting new White House chief of staff Joshua B. Bolten's five-point "recovery plan," which Allen reported 'is aimed at pushing him [President Bush] up slightly in opinion polls and reassuring Republican activists." Allen also allowed an unnamed "Republican frequently consulted by the White House" to attack Democrats over rising diplomatic tensions with Iran.
On April 17, numerous news outlets -- including NBC, CBS, NPR, and Fox News -- covering former Illinois governor George Ryan's conviction on corruption charges failed to mention that he is a Republican. Time magazine went a step further, omitting Ryan's Republican affiliation while reporting that "the current administration of Democrat Rod Blagojevich is also being investigated."
In a profile of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as one of "America's 10 Best Senators," Time magazine credited McCain for spending "his entire Senate career exposing wasteful pork-barrel projects," and praised him for using his "backwater committee, Indian affairs," to "launch an investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff." But Time neglected to mention a recent McCain proposal for $10 million in federal money for the University of Arizona law school, as well as reports that McCain shielded Republican colleagues from his committee investigation.
Joe Klein responded to Eric Alterman's report that on April 11, Klein declared that Democrats will not succeed in future elections "if their message is that they hate America -- which is what has been the message of the liberal wing of the party for the past twenty years." In his response, Klein claimed: "Alterman had me castigating the 'liberal wing' of the party, which I was careful not to do. There is a crucial difference between liberals and leftists." In fact, as Alterman noted, Klein regularly attacks "liberals" and Democrats in general, making no distinction between "liberals" and "leftists."
Time magazine's Joe Klein reportedly declared at an April 11 event that Democrats will not succeed in upcoming elections "if their message is that they hate America -- which is what has been the message of the liberal wing of the party for the past twenty years." Klein's comments, however, represent not only the continuation of a pattern in his own writing, but in the writing of Time's stable of opinion writers -- including Charles Krauthammer and Andrew Sullivan -- who regularly attack "liberals" and Democrats.