Neil Cavuto hosted "gold star mom" Debra Argel Bastian, who blasted Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-NY) position on Iraq as having "more waffles than the House of Pancakes" and of "playing God." Bastian also repeated the discredited claim that "Clinton "banned the military uniform from the White House." Cavuto interviewed no one else to balance Bastian's attacks and did not mention Bastian's links to the conservative group Move America Forward.
On Fox News, Republican strategist Mary Matalin asserted that "the message of [the 2006] election ... wasn't to withdraw" from Iraq, and Rep. John Boehner claimed that "bring[ing] the troops home" is not "what the American people want." In fact, the national exit poll conducted for the leading news organizations in 2006 found that a majority of "the American public" was in favor of withdrawing troops from Iraq, and recent polls demonstrate that most Americans favor some type of troop withdrawal from Iraq -- facts that Fox News hosts failed to mention in their discussions with Matalin and Boehner.
Fox News host Neil Cavuto claimed, "You'd have a very tough time finding the [New York] Times devoting even a single day of front-page coverage to all of his [Saddam Hussein's] atrocities or murders or any of his thousands of victims over the years." He also falsely asserted that the Times has provided "[l]ots of coverage of his death. No coverage of the deaths that led to it." But the Times has given repeated front-page coverage to Saddam's brutality.
Neil Cavuto allowed Tom DeLay to repeat the common GOP claim that Democrats gained control of the House and Senate in the 2006 midterm elections by running candidates DeLay called "Republican-lites." In fact, all of the Democratic candidates who had won Republican-held seats backed central issues in the Democratic platform -- raising the minimum wage, changing course in Iraq, and opposing any effort to privatize Social Security.
Several media outlets have reported that if Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD), who recently had brain surgery, were "incapacitated" or "unable to serve in any way," that South Dakota's Republican governor would be responsible for selecting his replacement. However, the U.S. Constitution does not provide for circumstances in which an "incapacitated" senator can be replaced.