CNN's fact checker claimed President Obama was wrong when he accurately pointed out during the presidential debate that the economy has added 5 million private-sector jobs over the last 30 months.
In recent days, several media figures, including MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski and CNN's Tom Foreman and Campbell Brown, have either uncritically reported or echoed Dick Cheney's assertion that the Bush administration's anti-terrorism policies have kept the United States safe. These media figures did not note that a 2008 GAO report found that the U.S. "has not met its national security goals to destroy terrorist threats and close the safe haven" in Pakistan, or that many CIA analysts reportedly believe Al Qaeda leaders have declined to attack the U.S. again for strategic reasons, not due to the Bush administration's counterterrorism policies.
CNN's Tom Foreman falsely claimed that Sen. John McCain "has always said" allowing young people to set up private Social Security accounts "is not instead of Social Security; this should be in addition to Social Security." In fact, McCain supported President Bush's 2005 Social Security proposal, which would have allowed workers to divert up to 4 percent of their wages into a private account, thereby removing it from the money available to pay Social Security benefits for current retirees.
CNN's Tom Foreman falsely claimed that Sen. John McCain was "getting Barack Obama's record right" when McCain claimed that "during the primary" Obama told the group Caucus4Priorities "that he would cut defense spending by tens of billions of dollars"; Foreman also falsely suggested that Obama has only recently begun to advocate "increasing the size" of the military. In fact, Obama told Caucus4Priorities that he would cut "tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending," not overall defense spending, and Obama repeatedly said during the primary season that he would increase the size of the military.
On This Week in Politics, Tom Foreman aired without challenging Sen. John McCain's false suggestion that Sen. Barack Obama opposed designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) a terrorist organization. Foreman did not note that Obama co-sponsored a bill in 2007 that would have designated the IRG a terrorist organization, nor did he note that Obama said he opposed the bill McCain referenced because it "state[d] that our military presence in Iraq should be used to counter Iran."
On CNN's This Week in Politics, Cliff May falsely asserted, unchallenged, that Nancy Pelosi "is not letting a vote come on" a "bipartisan bill passed by the Senate that would restore to intelligence agencies the authority they used to have to ... surveil, to bug terrorists and terrorist suspects abroad." May further claimed, falsely, that Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama "have said they're against this bill that would restore intelligence authority." In fact, the U.S. government currently has the authority to eavesdrop on the communications of suspected terrorists through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
CNN's Tom Foreman uncritically reported Sen. John McCain's claim that he voted against President Bush's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts because "he wanted reductions in spending, too." But in a 2001 floor statement explaining his opposition, McCain did not mention the absence of offsetting spending cuts; rather, he stated, "I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us, at the expense of middle class Americans who most need tax relief."
In his report on a "cease-fire" between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton over the issue of Clinton's recent comments on civil rights, CNN's Tom Foreman falsely suggested that an attack on Obama by Rep. Charlie Rangel was "still being flung." But Foreman did not mention that Rangel, who asserted that the reason "race got into this thing [campaign] is because Obama said race," had earlier expressed "regret" for "essentially pouring gasoline on the fire" at a time when Clinton was "essentially declaring a cease-fire," as Norah O'Donnell put it.
On The Situation Room, Tom Foreman reported, "From Iraq to domestic programs, Democrats face White House vetoes and little support from Republicans on Capitol Hill." Foreman then aired a clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying, "I know that Congress has low approval ratings. I don't approve of Congress because we haven't done anything." However, Foreman cut off the end of Pelosi's remarks, in which she made clear that she was referring only to Congress' not having done anything that brought an end to the Iraq war.
On The Situation Room, discussing an AP article which reported that "John McCain, who has long identified himself as an Episcopalian, said this weekend that he is a Baptist and has been for years," Tom Foreman stated that McCain "has said for years that he doesn't advertise his faith." But Foreman did not note that the same AP article quoted McCain saying he has publicly expressed his faith "hundreds of times."
On The Situation Room, correspondent Tom Foreman reported that Sen. John McCain "became famous for his straight talk during his first run for the White House." However, Foreman did not report information that undermines the "straight talk" label, including McCain's admission that he "broke [his] promise to always tell the truth" when, in 2000, he declined to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse.