On Good Morning America, Jake Tapper said that Democratic presidential candidates at the August 9 Human Rights Campaign forum "treated the group as with any other interest group: They came, they saw, they pandered." In fact, Tapper himself later noted that four candidates reiterated their opposition to same-sex marriage.
The Washington Post, NBC, and ABC all uncritically covered Sen. John McCain's attack on the Clinton administration's North Korea policy, in which he argued that the 1994 Agreed Framework between the United States and North Korea had been a "failure." All of these outlets ignored the fact, however, that the Clinton White House successfully prevented North Korea from producing any plutonium for eight years.
During separate interviews with former Clinton officials Gov. Bill Richardson and William Cohen, CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked them to respond to what "some Republicans" are saying, that President Clinton was "duped" or committed a "huge blunder" in his negotiations with North Korea. By contrast, in his interview with Bush administration official Christopher Hill, assistant secretary of state, Blitzer did not ask Hill to respond to Democratic criticism of the Bush administration's North Korea policy.
Fox News' Major Garrett claimed that Republican charges that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) "sabotaged" a recent immigration reform compromise "took deeper root" when The Denver Post reported that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) "phoned Reid and advised him to kill the compromise the day it was announced." Garrett offered no explanation for his claim. In fact, rather than opposing the Hagel-Martinez compromise, Reid and most other Senate Democrats voted to advance it in the Senate.
Continuing to mischaracterize polls showing that the public prefers Democrats over Republicans on handling taxes, Chris Matthews acknowledged that "the latest polling shows that people trust Democrats more" on taxes, but still stated that the polls referred to "tax cutting" and suggested that the results were surprising because "nobody has ever accused the Democrats of tax cutting." In fact, the polls asked more broadly about tax policy, not merely "tax cutting," and contrary to Matthews's suggestion that Democrats do not cut taxes, numerous Democrats have enacted or proposed tax cuts in recent years.
Andrea Mitchell and Howard Fineman portrayed the opposition to the Bush administration's domestic wiretapping program and position on extending the USA Patriot Act as purely partisan, when in fact a number of Republicans have also opposed the administration's position on these issues.