Responding to a reader's question about an article she co-wrote, The Washington Post's Anne E. Kornblut stated, "We asked Sen. [Hillary Rodham] Clinton what she would do, upon taking office, about special interrogation methods ... such as waterboarding or sexual humiliation. ... And her response was simply that she opposes torture, which of course is also the current policy." But according to a transcript of the interview, Clinton was not specifically asked about "waterboarding or sexual humiliation," and she did not refuse to say whether she would prohibit such measures. Indeed, she said that she would "draw a bright line and say 'No torture,' " and that she would "abide by the Geneva conventions, [and] abide by the laws we have passed."
The Washington Post's Anne E. Kornblut and Dan Balz reported that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was "vague about how she would handle special interrogation methods used by the CIA." Adding, "She said that while she does not condone torture, so much has been kept secret that she would not know unless elected what other extreme measures interrogators are using, and therefore could not say whether she would change or continue existing policies." But blogger Greg Sargent later reported that Kornblut and Balz omitted from their article Clinton's statement that "I think we have to draw a bright line and say 'No torture -- abide by the Geneva conventions, abide by the laws we have passed,' and then try to make sure we implement that."
The Washington Post reported that Rudy Giuliani "accused" Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of "being weak because she did not answer a question at a Democratic debate about the use of military action to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear capability." In fact, when asked during the September 26 Democratic presidential debate whether she would "make a promise as a potential commander in chief that you will not allow Iran to become a nuclear power and will use any means to stop it," Clinton said: "Well, what I have said is that I will do everything I can to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power."
During the October 9 Republican presidential debate, MSNBC's Chris Matthews and CNBC's Maria Bartitomo did not challenge Rudy Giuliani's claim that Sen. Hillary Clinton "once said that the unfettered free market is the most destructive force in modern America." In fact, in a 1996 interview, Clinton said she agreed with the quote, "The unfettered free market has been the most radically disruptive force in American life in the last generation."
Discussing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's new television advertisement, Howard Kurtz began an article: "In a stark, black-and-white ad that pictures her in a mask at Ground Zero, Hillary Rodham Clinton is treading on Rudy Giuliani's turf." Similarly, on CNN's American Morning, John Roberts said that Clinton's ad "really is a shot across Rudy Giuliani's bow to say, 'You're not the only one who has a claim to 9-11 here.' But is she going too far? Is she politicizing 9-11?" Roberts did not ask whether Giuliani, who has repeatedly discussed 9-11 in campaign settings, is "going too far" or "politicizing 9-11."
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A Los Angeles Times editorial asserted that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton "savaged President Bush in 2004 over his failure to condemn the Swift boat ads, yet the Democratic presidential front-runner voted 'no' on the Senate's condemnation of MoveOn." However, Clinton voted in favor of an amendment proposed by Sen. Barbara Boxer that cited MoveOn's advertisement as "an unwarranted personal attack on General [David] Petraeus," as well as criticizing the Swift Boat ads attacking Sen. John Kerry and Republican-backed ads attacking former Sen. Max Cleland.
Discussing remarks by Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, and former Sen. John Edwards, that they would not commit "by January of 2013, to have all American troops out of Iraq," NBC's David Gregory described this as "a really measured position," and asserted, "Edwards particularly, who was embracing the left wing of the party's view that you have to end the war now, and the others even voting for cutting off funding." But Gregory's suggestion that Clinton's and Obama's current positions are inconsistent with their having "even vot[ed] for cutting off funding" -- an assertion that is itself misleading -- is false. And Gregory offered no evidence that Edwards has shifted position either.
On The Chris Matthews Show, Katty Kay said that Sen. Hillary Clinton's "calculation" in her presidential campaign "is that she can't stand up there as a woman and sound soft." Kay added: "She knows that as a Clinton and as a woman, she's got to come across as somebody who is prepared to use military action if it's needed." Kay did not explain why being a "Clinton" would necessitate "com[ing] across as someone who is prepared to use military action."
NBC's David Gregory said it was "surprising" Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama, and former Sen. John Edwards, speaking at a Democratic presidential debate, "would not promise a complete withdrawal of U.S. forces." But Gregory did not explain why he thought that this was "surprising," and in fact the statements of all three candidates were consistent with their previous positions.