According to an ABCNews.com report, Fox News vice president Bill Shine defended John Gibson's reporting on the discredited accusation that Sen. Barack Obama attended a madrassa in his youth. But a statement from Shine, as quoted by the ABCNews.com report, never addressed Gibson's charges that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was behind the smear.
Following a confrontation between Tony Snow and NBC's David Gregory, numerous conservative media figures attacked Gregory, calling him "angry," "partisan," "grouchy," and "ignorant," and claiming that he is "doing this for personal gain."
On Fox & Friends First, Kelly Wright suggested that Vice President Dick Cheney's decision to spend Election Day "in Wyoming," rather than on the campaign trail, could be a "sign" that Cheney "isn't worried or nervous at all about the outcome of tomorrow's election." Other anchors also uncritically stated that the reason Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist is not appearing with President Bush at a campaign rally is "so he can hit other cities." None of the anchors mentioned the fact that both have low approval ratings -- Cheney nationally and Bush in Florida.
Fox News dedicated its coverage of an interview of President Clinton by Chris Wallace to portraying Wallace as the victim, while depicting Clinton as having a "complete meltdown," an "angry explosion," a "volcanic reaction," and as going on a "tirade" during the interview.
During September 12 reports on ABC's controversial miniseries The Path to 9/11, not one Fox News anchor or correspondent examined the scenes from the film that contain documented falsehoods, explained Fox News Live co-host Bill Hemmer's reference to Democrats' "paranoia" about the film's depiction of former Clinton administration officials, or mentioned the fact that several prominent conservatives have also questioned the film's accuracy.
On Fox & Friends First, Steve Doocy responded to a report by meteorologist Joe Bastardi about hot North American summers by suggesting, "It's just a great big cycle, it's not global warming." As Media Matters for America has documented, there is widespread consensus among scientists that global warming exists, and that humans are contributing to the problem.
Fox News' Andrew P. Napolitano claimed that former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV "told Who's Who in America to put that his wife was a CIA operative." In fact, Wilson's entry in Who's Who mentioned his wife's name -- Valerie Elise Plame -- but not her occupation.
As the hosts of Fox & Friends First discussed the recent arrest of a Kansas man who left his preschool-age son in his unlocked vehicle while he patronized a Tulsa strip club, the network aired more than a minute of uninterrupted stock footage of strip club performances.
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