Beginning on the afternoon of April 23, MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN aired a controversial ad by the North Carolina Republican Party attacking Sen. Barack Obama and two Democratic gubernatorial candidates at least 22 times combined, in most cases also noting that Sen. John McCain denounced the ad. As media figures on MSNBC and CNN pointed out, the repeated broadcasts benefit the North Carolina Republican Party, which does not have to pay for them, and they presumably benefit McCain, even as he is credited with taking the high road for criticizing the ad.
On Fox News' Your World, Floyd Brown, creator of a new ad claiming that Sen. Barack Obama is "weak in the war on gangs," asserted: "[I]n Chicago, we saw six people killed and over 31 injured. People were stabbed. This is, you know, like Baghdad. And he was the state senator there, and he didn't do anything to clean it up, and I think it's a legitimate issue." Host Neil Cavuto gave no indication that Obama has responded to the ad, much less provide Obama's response.
On Your World, author Marc Rudov described himself as a "feminist" and said, "I look at women as equal peers." But later that day, on The O'Reilly Factor, Rudov mocked a study finding that "[h]aving a husband creates an extra seven hours a week of housework for women" as "a flawed, anti-male, un-academic study that -- the kind you would expect from one of America's leading gyno-versities." He also asserted that if "the woman is complaining that the man doesn't work enough around the house," it may be because "she said 'I do' at the altar and 'I don't' in the bedroom."
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On Fox News' Your World, Monica Crowley asserted that "liberals like the Clintons" argue "against tax cuts" and to "let the government have more of your money." In fact, Sen. Hillary Clinton's website says that she would "[l]ower taxes for middle class families by: extending the middle class tax cuts ... offering new tax cuts for healthcare, college and retirement, and expanding the EITC [earned income tax credit] and the child care tax credit."
Recycling a standard gender cliché frequently used by the media to discuss Republicans and Democrats, Larry Sabato said: "Look, when you analyze parties, you need to think of them this way: The Democratic Party is the mommy party, and the Republican Party is the daddy party."
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On Fox News' Your World, Ann Coulter repeatedly referred to Sen. Barack Obama as "B. Hussein Obama," and said, "It's shocking that ... he's probably going to be our next president, President Hussein." Less than a week ago, Coulter also referred to Obama as "B. Hussein Obama," and asserted: "[H]is first big accomplishment" was "being born half-black. ... He wouldn't be running for president if he weren't half-black."
On Fox News' Your World, author Marc Rudov claimed that "women are equal-opportunity domestic abusers" and asserted that the websites for the Department of Health & Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention feature statistics "showing women and men commit domestic violence equally." In fact, the CDC reports that "[e]ach year, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner related physical assaults and rapes" while "[m]en are the victims of about 2.9 million intimate partner related physical assaults."
During an interview with Rudy Giuliani, Fox News' Neil Cavuto did not challenge Giuliani's assertion that "[t]he chance of a man surviving prostate cancer in the United States is somewhere, when I was doing it, 82, 84 percent. It's probably over 90 percent now. In socialized medicine countries ... some of them can be less than 50 percent." However, the purported source for the statistics, the Commonwealth Fund, issued a statement saying that the numbers are "incorrect."
Fox News' Neil Cavuto juxtaposed a video clip of children pulling red wagons in front of the White House as part of a recent demonstration against President Bush's threatened veto of legislation to increase funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program with a still image of Saddam Hussein and a British boy that was taken in a TV interview in which Saddam appeared with Western hostages in the lead-up to the Persian Gulf War.
On Your World, Neil Cavuto brought up Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's comment that "[i]f certain things happen between now and the elections, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again," and asked radio talk-show host Ben Ferguson, "So, Ben, your take on this is that she knows in her heart of hearts Republicans are tougher on terror?" But Cavuto did not mention that Clinton criticized Republicans' handling of national security in the very same statement.