Numerous media figures reported that President Bush had taken "responsibility" for flawed prewar intelligence. In fact, he did no such thing. Though he described the intelligence as "wrong" and accepted responsibility for "the decision to go into Iraq," he never stated he was responsible for the intelligence failures themselves.
Echoing an analogy to the current situation in Iraq offered by Bush administration officials, syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell claimed that "after Nazi Germany surrendered at the end of World War II, die-hard Nazi guerilla units terrorized and assassinated both German officials and German civilians who cooperated with Allied occupation authorities." However, according to several sources, the resistance to the Allied occupation was extremely limited and disorganized, unlike the Iraqi resistance of today.
Responding to a Media Matters item exposing his false claim that the Senate Intelligence Committee "exonerated" President Bush for stating that "[t]he British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa" -- when in fact the language he quoted was from the British Butler report -- David Horowitz wrongly asserted that the Senate Intelligence Committee "cited the Butler report." In fact, the Senate Intelligence Committee did not cite the Butler report, which was released almost a week after the Intelligence Committee released its report.
Tony Blankley compared Howard Dean and those advocating the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq to slaveholders in the pre-Civil War American South.
A Wall Street Journal editorial said that "numerous" investigations into the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal concluded that the abuses "had nothing to do with interrogations." In fact, the opposite is true. The editorial also falsely claimed that a series of Bush administration memos that sought to loosen constraints on interrogators "sanctioned no specific interrogation techniques" and misrepresented an ABC News report on interrogation methods.
David Horowitz falsely asserted that the Senate Intelligence Committee has "exonerated" President Bush for saying, in his 2003 State of the Union address, that "[t]he British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
Stephen Hayes and Rush Limbaugh cited the 1998 indictment of Osama bin Laden as proof of a connection between Saddam Hussein's regime and Al Qaeda despite a later, superseding indictment that specifically removed the reference to an Iraq-Al Qaeda link after prosecutors failed to substantiate that such a relationship existed.
Pat Robertson said that Democratic criticism of the war in Iraq "amounts to treason."
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Coverage of President Bush's speech by the Associated Press, USA Today and The Washington Times repeated the president's claims of success in Mosul and Najaf, without mentioning that both Iraqi cities still face continued security issues as well as religious and ethnic tensions.
Rush Limbaugh defended his recent distortion of Sen. John Kerry's comments that "there is no reason ... that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the -- of -- the historical customs, religious customs." Limbaugh claimed he "simply rebroadcast what he [Kerry] said;" in fact, he falsely claimed Kerry called American troops in Iraq "terrorists."
The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times all failed to report on Rep. John P. Murtha's (D-PA) disclosure that military officials plan to request an additional $100 billion for the Iraq war in 2006
Both Rush Limbaugh and a Washington Times editorial repeated a distortion from the Drudge Report of recent comments by International Atomic Energy Agency director general Mohamed ElBaradei regarding how soon Iran might have a nuclear weapon; each claimed ElBaradei said Iran was "a few months" away. However, ElBaradei actually said that Iran may be able to produce a nuclear weapon "a few months" after it becomes capable of enriching uranium to a grade suitable for making weapons, which, according to the IAEA and news reports on U.S. intelligence, is at least two years away.
On his radio program, Rush Limbaugh falsely suggested that the "9-11 Commission didn't say anything" about "[t]his whole picture of the U.S. as a torturous, torturing, barbaric institution." In fact, the 9-11 Commission's final report called for the U.S. government to "engage its friends to develop a common coalition approach toward the detention and humane treatment of captured terrorists."
During a discussion of Condoleezza Rice's trip to Europe on The Radio Factor, Bill O'Reilly stated, "I understand Europe. They're cowards." He went on to add, "[T]hey're cowards over there, with all due respect, and I'm generalizing. But by and large, the European population is soft and afraid. ... They won't confront evil on any level. It is anything goes, just leave me alone. Give me my check from the government and leave me alone."
The New York Times cited a poll to claim that "the idea of a quick pullout does not seem to be a winner with voters," referring to Rep. John P. Murtha's (D-PA) plan to withdraw American forces from Iraq. However, the poll question cited by the Times addressed the "immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq," while Murtha's plan calls for the withdrawal "at the earliest practicable date."