On Fox News Sunday, Boston Globe Washington bureau chief Nina Easton attributed President Bush's failure to adequately respond to Hurricane Katrina to what she suggested was his desire not "to be an ambulance chaser, as he saw [President] Bill Clinton being."
Rush Limbaugh suggested that "the White House ought to schedule" its next press briefing "at Fort Marcy Park," the Northern Virginia location where Clinton deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster committed suicide on July 20, 1993.
On a Hardball panel that included MSNBC hosts Rita Cosby, Tucker Carlson, and Joe Scarborough -- but no progressives -- Scarborough called Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton "very shrill" and said that "there is a shrillness in Hillary that comes out on TV whenever she gets excited about something."
Appearing on The Chris Matthews Show, New York Times columnist David Brooks -- in response to a question from Matthews about "Which party has more nuts by your counts?" -- answered, "Objectively, the Democratic Party."
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On Meet the Press, Tim Russert, along with a roundtable of reporters, speculated over the implications of a recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll that rated potential presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. However, not one reporter in the roundtable mentioned that the poll included Rice, much less that the difference between Rice's numbers and Clinton's fell within the margin of error.
In explaining why he believes "51 percent" of Americans "won't vote for" Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton if she runs for president, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly claimed that it's because "they don't know what she's going to do [once elected]," adding, "Bush did exactly what he said he was going to do." However, the Center for American Progress has previously noted several examples of what it has characterized as Bush's "serial flip-flopping."
Bill O'Reilly and Fox political analyst Dick Morris misleadingly asserted that a recent Gallup poll pitting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) head-to-head against Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as potential presidential candidates was "not good news for Senator Hillary Clinton if she wants to run for president." But O'Reilly and Morris omitted any mention of the poll's results for a potential Rice candidacy, which match Clinton's numbers when the margin of error is factored in.
On Cavuto on Business, Fox News business contributor Meredith Whitney asserted: "It will take more than a village to get Hillary Clinton elected in '08 after her comments on the plantation," and then added: "She's doomed." Whitney was joined by fellow Fox News contributor Herman Cain, who predicted that Clinton will discover that "a lot of us have already left the Democratic plantation. And you know what I mean."
Media figures have accused Hillary Clinton of "race-baiting" and "playing the race card," because her "plantation" analogy was made before a largely black audience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The same media figures failed to report that Clinton made a similar "plantation" analogy during a 2004 interview and that numerous Republicans have used similar "plantation" analogies to attack Democrats.
Ann Coulter attacked Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for her remarks in which she said that Republicans had run the House of Representatives "like a plantation," even though Coulter had previously used the same metaphor to attack liberals.
For months, Dick Morris has predicted that New York Republican Senate candidate Jeanine Pirro was Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's "worst nightmare" and that Clinton would end her re-election campaign rather than face Pirro. But, trailing badly in the polls, Pirro dropped out of the race.
Chris Matthews and guests Gloria Borger and Cynthia Tucker misrepresented Democrats on the issue of abortion. Borger described Sen. Hillary Clinton's remarks on making abortion "safe, legal, and rare" as "transparent" political posturing, despite her having made a very similar statement in 1999; Tucker said President Clinton did nothing to make abortion "safe, legal, and rare" despite a declining national abortion rate throughout his presidency.
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