In reporting on Rudy Giuliani's Republican debate performance, several media outlets uncritically repeated his attack on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, that "with regard to taxes," she "said ... that we have to take money from you in order to give it to the common good." But these outlets did not provide any context for Clinton's remarks, which she reportedly made at a fundraiser in front of an audience that consisted of people she described as "well enough off that ... the [Bush administration] tax cuts may have helped" them.
In an online chat, David Broder responded to a question asking why "two out of three major networks have decided not to cover" James Comey's testimony about Alberto Gonzales attempting to pressure then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to reauthorize the administration's wiretapping program by claiming that "the coverage of the firing of the US attorneys has been aggressive and extensive, as it should be."
CBSNews.com and Newsday uncritically reported Rudy Giuliani's assertion during the May 15 Republican presidential debate that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said "that the unfettered free market is the most disastrous thing in modern America." In fact, Clinton said she agreed with the following quote, which she included in her book It Takes a Village: "The unfettered free market has been the most radically disruptive force in American life in the last generation." Explaining further, Clinton said "that the market is the driving force behind our prosperity ... but that it cannot be permitted just to run roughshod over people's lives as well."
On Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer did not challenge Vice President Dick Cheney's false claim that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "now has said he's adamantly opposed to any funding for the troops." In fact, Reid voted for the supplemental funding bill that the Senate passed March 29.