A New York Times Magazine article by Michael Sokolove reported the dubious allegation that at a 2002 Maryland gubernatorial debate, Democratic supporters of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend threw Oreo cookies at Michael Steele, then a candidate for lieutenant governor. The article referenced the alleged Oreo incident as a racial slur of Steele, an African-American Republican now running for U.S. Senate. But Sokolove did not inform readers that Steele has offered contradictory accounts of what occurred at the debate, nor did Sokolove inform readers that The Baltimore Sun has investigated the Oreo allegations extensively, finding little evidence to substantiate the various allegations of cookie-throwing.
Since March 23, each of the three major network nightly newscasts have uncritically reported administration statements expressing outrage over the prosecution and possible execution of an Afghan man for converting to Christianity, in defiance of Islamic law. But none of the nightly newscasts noted that when the Afghan constitution was ratified in 2004, President Bush hailed it for "lay[ing] the foundation for democratic institutions," despite a provision in the constitution asserting the supremacy of Islamic law.
Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) supports "things most Christians do not, i.e., partial birth abortion." In fact, Clinton has consistently said she would support a ban on late-term abortions so long as there were exceptions to protect the health and life of the pregnant woman.
Washingtonpost.com's newly hired Republican blogger Ben Domenech, in a post about the Supreme Court on his previous weblog, wrote that "[t]he worst black-robed men and women are worse then [sic] the KKK." He also asked rhetorically: "In the past 30 years, how many innocent lives has the KKK ended? How about the Judiciary?"
MSNBC host Keith Olbermann gave right-wing pundit Ann Coulter third place in his daily "Worst Person in the World" awards for her column describing The New York Times' coverage of the arrest of President Bush's former domestic policy adviser, Claude A. Allen, as the "revenge of the queers."
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While discussing New York City Councilwoman Christine Quinn's decision to boycott Manhattan's St. Patrick's Day parade due to the decision by the Ancient Order of Hibernians to ban the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization (ILGO) from marching, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly attacked Quinn, calling ILGO's potential participation in the parade "inappropriate." O'Reilly stated: "You have your Gay Day Parade. You have your Stonewall celebration. You have your Halloween deal, OK? You don't need this."
On American Family Radio's Today's Issues, National Review Washington editor Kate O'Beirne asserted that "fighting our wars, engaging the enemy in this uncivilized thing we call war is a job for men, not women," then suggested that having women serve in the military was the equivalent of "a man send[ing] his wife or daughter to check out" a noise that "sounds like a break-in."
Glenn Beck relayed a message to a 7-year-old New York girl who wrote a poem titled "White Nationalism Put U In Bondage": "You want to go to Africa? I will personally purchase your airfare." Beck added: "You have to sign a contract that you will never return to the United States."
Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and host of the daily Christian radio show The Albert Mohler Program, defended Pat Robertson's recent claim that Muslims are "motivated by demonic power," and expanded on Robertson's comments, saying: "Well, I would have to say as a Christian that I believe any belief system, any world view, whether it's Zen Buddhism or Hinduism or dialectical materialism for that matter, Marxism, that keeps persons captive and keeps them from coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, yes, is a demonstration of satanic power."
In describing Nigeria's new public education campaign to fight the spread of bird flu, radio host Glenn Beck stated that the country has "actually resorted to radio jingles," and then asked if the United States could be "as dumb as Nigeria."
Discussing his interview with author Norman Mailer, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly told a caller to his radio show that instead of denigrating Mailer, O'Reilly could "just go over to" co-host Lis Wiehl "and whack her around."
In an ABC Nightline segment featuring Rev. Franklin Graham's controversial comments about Islam, ABC News' John Donvan reported: "So, Franklin Graham may not get a diplomacy prize, either. And yet, his message when he's preaching is actually quite positive."
In response to gay rights organization Soulforce's Equality Ride -- a bus tour aimed at confronting religious schools and military academies that ban the enrollment of GBLT students -- the American Family Association's Don Wildmon proposed his own hypothetical trip to "the homosexual bathhouses," saying, "[W]e're going to confront these people ... for what they're doing."
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann awarded Rush Limbaugh top honors in his daily "Worst Person in the World" segment for Limbaugh's March 13 reference to journalists Jay Carney and Claire Shipman as "slave master and ... husband."