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Chris Matthews declared that he found the recently released Democratic national security proposal "almost funny," because it is "a little late." Matthews also suggested that the proposal is evidence of the Democrats "pretending they're G.I. Joe all of a sudden," and that it might be "phony."
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In an article on a recent speech by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in which he said that Guantánamo detainees are not entitled to legal protection under the U.S. Constitution or international conventions, the AP left out the serious questions about whether he should recuse himself from an upcoming case involving the rights of Guantánamo Bay detainees.
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.
The Associated Press reported that legislation recently introduced by Sen. Mike DeWine would "allow the government to conduct warrantless surveillance for up to 45 days before seeking court or congressional approval." In fact, DeWine's bill would not grant Congress the authority to approve or reject the continued surveillance.
Fox News host Brit Hume and nationally syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer misrepresented public support for the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program, claiming that Americans "overwhelmingly" support the program. In fact, while Americans generally support spying on suspected terrorists, polls consistently show that most Americans disapprove of conducting surveillance without seeking or obtaining a warrant.
During an interview with Vice President Dick Cheney on CBS' Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer failed to challenge assertions Cheney made regarding the war in Iraq, the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program, and recent low polling numbers.
On Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume falsely claimed that Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) "has never said that he wasn't fully briefed" on President Bush's warrantless domestic spying program. In fact, in a July 2003 letter to Vice President Dick Cheney, Rockefeller stated that the briefing he received on the program left him "unable to fully evaluate, much less endorse" the wiretapping program, and that "[w]ithout more information and the ability to draw on independent legal or technical expertise, I simply cannot satisfy lingering concerns raised by the briefing we received" on the program. Hume acknowledged Rockefeller's letter but called it "one weak little, weird, sort-of-slightly-incomprehensible letter ... which was followed up by him in no way whatever."
A Washington Post article reported that a recent GOP bill would require the Bush administration "to convince" two congressional subcommittees that individual cases of extended warrantless domestic surveillance are necessary, implying that the eavesdropping would not continue unless the committees were convinced. To the contrary, under the bill, the subcommittees do not have the authority to approve or reject the continued surveillance.
On Fox News, John Gibson and Dick Morris falsely claimed that most Americans oppose censuring President Bush for authorizing the National Security Agency (NSA) to eavesdrop on U.S. persons without warrants, and that Americans actually support Bush's domestic eavesdropping program.
Fox News correspondent Jim Angle cropped a quote from Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to falsely suggest that Reid did not agree with Sen. Russ Feingold that the Bush administration's warrantless domestic wiretapping program is illegal. Angle's report marked the second consecutive day that a reporter for Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume cropped a quote from one of Feingold's Democratic colleagues to falsely suggest that Feingold is alone in having legal objections to the program.
Chris Matthews claimed that "there's a big question about whether it's even legal or not in the Senate" to censure President Bush, as Sen. Russ Feingold recently proposed, over Bush's authorization of warrantless domestic surveillance. But Matthews said something very different about the issue of censure in the context of former President Bill Clinton, at that time taking credit for first promoting the idea of censuring Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky controversy: "I'm not bragging, but I believe I was the first person to talk about the notion of censure because nobody else talked about it."
Washington Post staff writer Shailagh Murray reported, in an article about Sen. Russ Feingold's censure resolution, that Democrats are "wary of polls showing that a majority of Americans side with the president on wiretapping tactics." Actually, polls consistently show that most Americans disapprove of the wiretapping tactics the administration has used -- specifically, conducting surveillance without seeking or obtaining a warrant.