Chris Matthews accused Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of having employed a "bob and weave" with her position on the Iraq war, contrasting her with Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who Matthews said "hasn't cut and run."
On MSNBC's Tucker, Chris Matthews suggested that politicians who claim to support the Iraq war but criticize the Bush administration's handling of it are motivated only by political calculation. He singled out Sens. Joe Lieberman and Hillary Rodham Clinton, specifically, for retreating to a "parking lot of ambition," which Matthews explained as "where [politicians] like to put their car and say, 'It's safe here. I'll look like I'm a little anti-war -- of course, I'm a hawk.' "
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Members of the media, including Tucker Carlson, Fred Barnes, Juan Williams, and George Stephanopoulos, have continued to suggest that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's criticism of Donald Rumsfeld during a recent Senate committee hearing was motivated solely by politics.
Several news outlets portrayed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's harsh criticism of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as a purely political maneuver to "find the exact middle" in the Democratic Party or to position herself for a potential 2008 presidential run.
While defending actor Mel Gibson from criticism Gibson has received for making anti-Semitic remarks during a July 28 drunken-driving arrest, right-wing columnist and radio host Dennis Prager revived the discredited allegation that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton made "private remarks that were anti-Semitic" more than three decades ago.
On The Chris Matthews Show, CBS News contributor and U.S. News & World Report contributing editor Gloria Borger stated that former Sen. John Edwards might be able to defeat Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination because "he's a more authentic person than Hillary Clinton." Borger's comment met with agreement from the panel.
In a July 26 article, the New York Post reported that "Peter Cook, who humiliated his supermodel wife, Christie Brinkley, by bedding a doe-eyed teen in the Hamptons, has given thousands in campaign cash to [Sen.] Hillary Rodham Clinton [D-NY]." The Post went on to report that it asked Clinton whether she would return Cook's campaign contributions. Now that the New York Post has decided to start asking candidates if they will return contributions connected to people who have committed adultery, fairness demands that the Post apply this standard consistently.
On MSNBC's Imus in the Morning, Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter said that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is not "the frontrunner" because she has "more baggage than Paris Hilton in the Riviera." Alter instead touted two potential Republican candidates -- former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain.
The New York Times appears to have omitted a correction from a July 16 article it archived, in which the paper wrote in an "Editor's Note" that reporter Anne Kornblut falsely reported that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton had recently criticized her Democratic colleagues in Congress for "wasting time" and "for taking on issues that arouse conservatives and turn out Republican voters." Clinton had in fact been criticizing the Republican-led Congress in the speech, not her fellow Democrats.
In a July 16 New York Times article, reporter Anne Kornblut falsely reported that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused her fellow congressional Democrats of "wasting time" by focusing on "issues that arouse conservatives and turn out Republican voters rather than finding consensus on mainstream subjects." Despite the fact that numerous websites, including Media Matters for America, have noted that Clinton was actually criticizing the Republican-led Congress, the Times has yet to issue a correction.
In a July 16 article, New York Times reporter Anne E. Kornblut falsely reported that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized her fellow congressional Democrats "for taking on issues that arouse conservatives and turn out Republican voters rather than finding consensus on mainstream subjects."
A Washington Post article sought out Democrats and independents expressing the "evidence of unease" about the potential presidential candidacy of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, following up on a poll conducted by the newspaper in May that found 54 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of Clinton and that 57 percent would definitely vote for her or consider voting for her in 2008. Media Matters asks: Will the Post also seek out Republicans and independents expressing unease about another potential 2008 candidate, Sen. John McCain?
MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell wrongly claimed that, in a hypothetical presidential campaign between President Bush and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bush would win because Clinton has "a question about likability and authenticity and a sense of trust." In fact, public opinion polls indicate that Clinton has a higher favorability rating and is viewed as more trustworthy than Bush, and their likability ratings are roughly equal.
On MSNBC's Scarborough Country, right-wing radio host Debbie Schlussel falsely claimed that "there wasn't a peep" from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton when Suha Arafat, wife of former Palestinian National Authority president Yasir Arafat, stated that Israelis "poison Palestinian water and air and cause cancer for them." In fact, Clinton disavowed Arafat's remarks after receiving an official translation. Schlussel also joined other conservatives and media figures in defending right-wing pundit Ann Coulter's recent attacks against widows of victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.