In a report on Today, David Gregory allowed former Sen. Bob Kerrey to suggest that John Edwards' recent speech questioning the use of the phrase "war on terror" had ignored the threat of terrorism or spoken against fighting terrorism. In fact, Edwards' speech identified several situations in which "force is justified."
On Today, David Gregory referred to Republican Sens. Gordon Smith (OR), Chuck Hagel (NE), Susan Collins (ME), and Olympia Snowe (ME) as "[m]oderates on the war" without noting that they have split on key votes related to the war, with Collins and Snowe siding with the majority of Republicans on those votes.
On NBC's Nightly News, David Gregory reported that "Senator John McCain [R-AZ], like the White House, insists Iraq is getting safer," but did not offer any differing views. By contrast, CNN and Time have asked reporters in Baghdad to evaluate similar assessments by McCain.
Anderson Cooper, David Gregory, and Soledad O'Brien have all asked Sen. Barack Obama about smears leveled against him, purportedly by his political "opponents" or "enemies." But in each case, they did not name any of these "opponents." Indeed, by framing their questions in terms of political "opponents," they ignored the media's role in promoting these smears, and in some cases originating them.