In his column, Roll Call executive editor Morton M. Kondracke misrepresented an ABC News report on CIA interrogations, claiming the network reported that, according to CIA officials, the waterboarding interrogation technique extracted "valuable information" from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. In fact, the ABC News report indicated that the CIA officials reported "debatable results" from that interrogation.
On Fox News' The Big Story, host John Gibson declared victory in the Iraq war, telling viewers, "Our friend [Democratic National Committee chairman] Howard [Dean] says the war is unwinnable. But it was won today." Gibson's proclamation was what he called "the real meaning of election day in Iraq."
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NPR quoted a guest's claim that "waterboarding, I think, would clearly be prohibited" under Sen. John McCain's amendment barring "cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment" of prisoners in U.S. custody, but host Renee Montagne failed to note that his interpretation of the bill is apparently not shared by the Bush administration.
Washington Post columnist David Ignatius wrongly credited President Bush with having admitted mistakes in the administration's torture policy and previous opposition to the McCain amendment. In fact, Bush actually said only that he was "happy to work with him [McCain] to achieve a common objective."
Citing Media Matters, CNN Situation Room anchor Wolf Blitzer acknowledged that he made an error the previous day when he claimed that Vice President Dick Cheney "never said hard and fast ... that there was a meeting" between 9-11 ringleader Mohammed Atta and Iraqi intelligence operatives in Prague in 2001.
The Washington Post reported that Robert Novak has said Bush administration officials who revealed Valerie Plame's identity to him were, in the Post's words, "casually providing a tidbit of information and did not seem to be trying to generate a story to discredit" Joe Wilson, ignoring Novak's original statement that Plame's identity "was given to me" by two administration sources because "[t]hey thought it was significant."
On CNN's The Situation Room, anchor Wolf Blitzer falsely claimed that Vice President Dick Cheney "never said hard and fast" that 9-11 ringleader Mohammed Atta met with an Iraqi intelligence official in Prague in 2001. In fact, Cheney asserted the now-discredited claim without hedging or qualifying on numerous occasions.
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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