On Tucker, discussing the targeting of 17-year-old Iowa voters by Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Tucker Carlson said the practice has "a Khmer Rouge quality to it," adding, "[I]t's scary." He also stated, "[I]f a right-wing candidate came and targeted my kids, I'd be mad about it. I don't want my kids near political candidates. ... They're creepy."
Tucker Carlson quoted Michelle Obama, wife of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), from a recent interview with Glamour, saying of her husband and children: "We have this ritual in the morning. They come in my bed, and Dad isn't there -- because he's too snore-y and stinky, they don't want to ever get into bed with him." But Glamour left out a key word from Michelle Obama's quote; she had said, "They come in my bed, and if Dad isn't there ..." -- the addition of "if" turning her remark into a conditional statement that her children come into bed "if Dad isn't there." But Carlson went beyond Glamour's original error, asserting, based solely on the inaccurate quote, that "the Obamas do not sleep in the same bed, Mrs. Obama is saying."
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On Tucker, U.S. News & World Report Editor-in-Chief Mortimer B. Zuckerman asserted: "[T]he fact is that, by far, the consensus is that the surge [in Iraq] is working." Zuckerman did not offer any evidence to support this claim. In fact, members of Congress, administration officials, and experts have all stated that political reconciliation, which the Bush administration identified as a key to the success of its escalation strategy, has not occurred.
MSNBC's Tucker Carlson questioned the decision by members of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division to write an op-ed, which asserted that "[t]he claim that we are increasingly in control of the battlefields in Iraq is an assessment arrived at through a flawed, American-centered framework." Carlson did not mention that the op-ed was a response to assessments made in a previous op-ed by Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack; and when he interviewed Pollack, he did not challenge Pollack's opinions on whether progress is being made in Iraq.
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Regarding the Mitt Romney campaign's $300 makeup expenditure, NBC News' First Read blog advised readers on July 17 to "look for [John] Edwards supporters to use this as a test to see if the MSM [mainstream media] covers Romney as harshly as Edwards was." Despite that admonition, a July 19 Today report on candidate expenditures mentioned Edwards' $400 haircuts, but not Romney's makeup purchases.