In an editorial, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette attacked Wesley Clark for "wading into the muddy thick" of the controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh's characterization of service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq as "phony soldiers," saying that Clark had "adopted" Limbaugh's "vociferous style" and made him "look dignified." However, in doing so, the editorial misrepresented the context of Limbaugh's remarks and the controversy that ensued.
Tom DeLay claimed that "[a] few days back," Rush Limbaugh "and a caller were discussing Global War on Terror critics who have either exaggerated or entirely invented their military and combat service in order to bolster their credibility" when Limbaugh referred to "phony soldiers." In fact, during his September 26 broadcast, Limbaugh did not restrict his comments. DeLay also falsely claimed that Media Matters was "George Soros-funded."
In her syndicated column, Ann Coulter claimed that the Democratic Party made "pathetic gains" in the November 7 midterm elections. In fact, the Democrats' gains in the House are just slightly under the average for the party out of power in the White House in the sixth-year midterm elections over the past century, and the Democrats' Senate gains are above the average. Moreover, the 2006 elections were the first sixth-year midterms since 1918 in which control of both houses of Congress switched parties.
In his column, Robert Novak falsely suggested that U.S. District Court Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's decision striking down the administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program was so off-the-wall that it "has been stayed and probably will be reversed," that "Taylor ended up with the case because of forum-shopping," and that professor Jack Balkin had criticized the decision's legal reasoning but nevertheless "rejoiced" over it for "political" reasons.
In his syndicated column, Pat Buchanan likened illegal immigrants to the Goths, a group of Germanic tribes who ravaged the Roman Empire in the centuries preceding the collapse of its western half. Buchanan suggested an analogy between the eastern Roman emperor Valens's admission of Gothic refugees into the Empire and the influx of illegal immigrants into the United States.
In his nationally syndicated column, Robert Novak claimed that Donald Rumsfeld was correct in asserting that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton would have a "dickens of a time" finding examples of Rumsfeld's making "rosy statements" about Iraq. But in making the assertion, Novak limited himself to four examples offered by Clinton of Rumsfeld's testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Clinton in fact cited a total of 13 instances, including the following, ignored by Novak, which Rumsfeld made before the House Appropriations Committee: "My impression is that the war was highly successful."
John Stossel attacked the methodology of a Department of Education study demonstrating nearly identical levels of academic achievement among public and private elementary school students, claiming that "[t]he researchers tortured the data" by using regression analysis -- a universally used statistical tool that even Stossel admitted is "valid."