Several media outlets seized on an article in The Atlantic that mentioned that former President Bill and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton gave their family cat, Socks, to Betty Currie -- with one outlet questioning whether Currie's adoption of Socks reveals Hillary Clinton to be "cold and calculating." But these media outlets made no mention of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's reported treatment of his own family pet, Seamus, an Irish setter, whom Romney reportedly placed "in a dog carrier" that was "attached ... to the station wagon's roof rack" during the Romney family's "annual 12-hour family trek from Boston to Ontario."
On Hannity & Colmes, former Sen. Rick Santorum asserted that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is "not doing any kind of interviews." Clinton has, in fact, given interviews to numerous media outlets in recent weeks, but Santorum's false claim went unchallenged.
On ABC's This Week, The Washington Post's George Will asserted "What they [Republican primary voters] have learned about Giuliani is that he doesn't flip-flop. ... [H]e's taken exactly the un-Romney approach to his problem, which was to say, 'Look, this is me. Take it or leave it.' " But as NPR senior news analyst Cokie Roberts said, "[H]e equivocated on guns. He equivocated on abortion."
On MSNBC Live, Alex Witt referred to Rudy Giuliani as "a pro-abortion candidate." In fact, one can support legal access to abortion procedures and support trying to decrease the number of abortions. Moreover, Giuliani has wavered on the desirability of the Supreme Court's overturning Roe v. Wade.
On Fox & Friends, Mike Huckabee criticized senators for denouncing Rush Limbaugh regarding his recent "phony soldiers" comments, saying that "it is not the business of government to infringe upon the free speech of anybody, including a talk show host." But host Gretchen Carlson did not point out that Huckabee supported -- and attacked Sen. Hillary Clinton for opposing -- a Senate amendment that condemned the "General Betray Us" MoveOn.org ad.
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In a New York Times article, Katharine Q. Seelye reported that MoveOn.org paid the Times $77,508 for its controversial General Betray Us" ad, and that Rudy Giuliani's campaign said it "would not pay the difference" between the "standby" rate and its regular rate for an ad it ran in response to MoveOn.org's because the Times "did not guarantee when it would run" Giuliani's ad. But three days earlier, Times public editor Clark Hoyt had written that Giuliani "demanded space in the following Friday's Times to answer MoveOn.org" and "got it." Further, Seelye herself had previously reported Giuliani's intention to request space in that day's paper for a rebuttal ad.