In his column, Cal Thomas wrote that the website FactCheck.org had "looked into the substance" of a recent ad criticizing Sen. George F. Allen (R-VA) and "found none." But Media Matters has documented errors in FactCheck's analysis of the ad.
In his column, Fox News' Cal Thomas claimed that Ned Lamont's victory over Sen. Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut Democratic Senate primary "completes the capture of the Democratic Party by its Taliban wing." Thomas explained that they are called the "Taliban Democrats because they are willing to 'kill' one of their own, if he does not conform to the narrow and rigid agenda of the party's kook fringe."
Many of the same media conservatives who continually attacked The New York Times for publishing details of the Treasury Department's bank-tracking program have remained silent about the New York Daily News' decision to report that FBI officials thwarted an alleged terrorist plot in New York City, despite apparent objections from intelligence and law enforcement officials that the disclosure impeded further arrests.
Numerous conservative commentators joined the Bush administration in arguing that, in detailing a secret Treasury Department program designed to monitor terrorists' international financial transactions, a June 23 New York Times article tipped off terrorists to the U.S. government's ability to track their financial activities -- some going so far as to accuse the newspaper of treason. But the Times report was hardly the first indication of U.S. efforts to monitor terrorists' financial transactions: President Bush himself repeatedly touted the government's capability to track and shut down terrorists' international financial networks.
Cal Thomas characterized the newly elected leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, as a "heretic" for asserting that "homosexual practice is not sin," adding that she might as well "let everyone into the church, including unrepentant prostitutes, murderers, liars, thieves and atheists."
On Fox News Watch, syndicated columnist Cal Thomas stated that other media outlets are "trying to copy" Fox News by "doing more tabloid, more big-lipped blondes," but "[t]here's only so much of that trailer-trash pie to go around."
On Fox News Watch, Cal Thomas stated that White House counselor Dan Bartlett and press secretary Tony Snow "looked a lot better in those metal helmets than [former Democratic presidential candidate] Michael Dukakis did in that tank some years ago."
On Fox News Watch, syndicated columnist Cal Thomas complained of "an imbalance" in the media coverage of the alleged killings of Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines in Haditha, Iraq, because "[e]very time we see one of these atrocities ... we never hear much about the atrocities of the other side. Certainly not by name, certainly not the killing of women and children and innocent people on the other side." But Thomas has previously alleged that the media focus too heavily on the violence in Iraq and that public opposition to the war in Iraq is a direct result of such reporting.
On Fox News Watch, Cal Thomas repeated a theory -- first proposed by Washington Times editorial page editor Tony Blankley -- that the retired generals who have recently called for Donald Rumsfeld's ouster are part of a "cabal." Thomas, however, expanded upon Blankley's original theory and claimed that the alleged cabal is "possibly assisted by Democrats for political advantage."
In his nationally syndicated column, Cal Thomas contrasted the growing number of retired U.S. generals who have recently called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld with Zacarias Moussaoui and Iran's generals, suggesting that because Moussaoui and Iranian generals will not question their authority figures, neither should U.S. generals, who "are encouraging the enemy to fight on, believing we will ultimately surrender."
Cal Thomas distorted the meaning of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's recent comments that a House immigration bill "is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scripture, because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself."
On Fox News Watch, Cal Thomas called an upcoming film about anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan "a liberal porno film." Thomas then claimed that Sheehan has "manipulated" the death of her son in the Iraq war "for her own political ends. Her son was a volunteer."
Several television and radio commentators have either hosted debates or openly questioned what they claim are the insidiously progressive goals of the award-winning film Brokeback Mountain, yet many of the same commentators openly admit they have not seen it.