Commenting on President Bush's recent trip to Baghdad, Neil Cavuto claimed that Bush "apparently didn't listen" to advisers who told him it was "not a good idea" to go to Baghdad, concluding that Bush's surprise trip may "say as much about the man as the mission he holds dear" and that "maybe, just maybe, the value of the mission is bigger than the man who leads it -- or heads into it."
On Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter defended her inflammatory attacks on the widows of 9-11 victims -- who she said "enjoy their husbands' deaths" and "revel in their status as celebrities" -- by attacking other people she accused of using their "personal story" to gather support for a political cause.
On Fox News' Your World, Jonathan Hoenig, managing member of Capitalistpig Asset Management LLC, asserted that bombing Iran would raise the Dow Jones industrial average. Hoening stated: "[F]rankly, if you want to see the Dow go up, let's get the bombers in the air and neutralize this Iranian threat. We've gone to the negotiating table, we have danced around with these people" and "that's not going to help this country nor the stock market." During the discussion, host Neil Cavuto stated that "the message is just, 'Avoid people with beards,' " after airing a split-screen shot of Federal Reserve Chief Benjamin S. Bernanke and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Both have beards.
On Fox News' Your World, host Neil Cavuto complained that "the media is all over" the alleged Haditha killings but that there has been "virtually no coverage of the daily savage attacks by insurgents on Iraqi civilians and our troops." Onscreen text during the segment read: "Blatant Bias?" But Cavuto has previously alleged that "all you see in the media out of Iraq are the insurgent activity, our soldiers getting killed or hurt." In fact, he recently asked if "beheadings and roadside bombs, suicide attacks" in Iraq are "being blown out of proportion by the media." Onscreen text during this segment read: "Media Bias?"
Despite the clear risks undertaken by journalists covering the Iraq war, some conservatives in the media have repeatedly questioned the courage of journalists in Iraq, alleging that journalists covering the war fail to report "good news" because they are afraid to leave the heavily fortified Baghdad "Green Zone" to speak with Iraqis and coalition troops elsewhere in the country. Additionally, some conservatives have claimed that journalists' coverage of the Iraq war is distorted by their alleged hostility to President Bush and the war.
Various conservative media figures have attacked Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA) for his recent appearances on ABC's Good Morning America and This Week, in which Murtha addressed the alleged murder of Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines at the Iraqi town of Haditha. Fox News hosts Bill O'Reilly and Neil Cavuto, among others, accused Murtha of "bomb-throwing" and "bashing" the military. In fact, Murtha, who had been briefed on the matter, limited his criticisms to those allegedly involved in the incident and the reported cover-up.
On Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto, guest host Terry Keenan asked if the riots that occurred in Kabul, Afghanistan, were the work of "a small group of troublemakers" or whether "the Afghan people [are] simply ungrateful?" During the segment, onscreen text read "Afghan Ingrates?" and "Is Afghanistan being Ungrateful Towards America?"
Fox News' Terry Keenan pushed a misleading comparison between the national box office earnings over Memorial Day weekend of two recent blockbusters -- X-Men: The Last Stand and The Da Vinci Code -- and those received during the limited release of An Inconvenient Truth, a new documentary on Al Gore's campaign to raise worldwide awareness of global warming. Keenan neglected to mention that An Inconvenient Truth's "limited release" consisted of only four theaters nationwide, while the most recent installment of the X-Men series and The Da Vinci Code were shown in 3,690 and 3,754 theater screens respectively.
On Fox News' Your World, Michelle Dallacroce, the founder of Mothers Against Illegal Aliens, asserted that there is no reason "that we have to have" immigrant women and children in the United States, since there are no jobs for "the women and the children [to] do ... other than their children's job is to dumb down the American children and overpopulate our schools."
Following President Bush's announcement of his proposal to deploy as many as 6,000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff defended the administration's plan to bolster border protection in numerous media appearances and interviews. But in their coverage, media generally failed to mention that in December 2005, Chertoff characterized the deployment of the National Guard for border protection as "a horribly overexpensive and very difficult way to manage this problem."
Fox News' David Asman falsely claimed that "the one poll we've seen" on the National Security Agency (NSA) program to collect phone call records of tens of millions of Americans "shows that over 60 percent, a big majority, believe this is not spying, that it is not violating Americans' rights." Asman was presumably referring to a flawed Washington Post/ABC News poll that indicated that 63 percent of respondents said the program is "acceptable." However, Asman ignored the fact that USA Today/Gallup and Newsweek have each released polls on the topic indicating that a majority of Americans disapprove of the reported data collection program.
On Fox News' Your World, guest host David Asman stated that journalists covering the Iraq war are "not going to report on a lot of heroism." In response, American Spectator contributing writer Mark Yost claimed that he had been told that people are "somewhat embarrassed by people or feel lesser of themselves by people who do incredibly heroic things," and that "they don't make a big deal of it, because they themselves know that maybe, perhaps, in the same situation they wouldn't have done the same thing."
In a segment of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto titled "Porn to Run," guest host David Asman interviewed Steven Hirsch, co-founder and CEO of Vivid Entertainment Group, about the business of Internet pornography. Throughout the interview, the broadcast was split-screened with footage of scantily clad women pole-dancing and stripping in front of men. Media Matters for America has previously noted that Your World, ostensibly a business show, has often aired photographs and videos of scantily clad women and blurred images of nude women.