In a report on the use of a military plane to fly the House speaker, CNN's Lou Dobbs falsely claimed that Nancy Pelosi can travel nonstop from Washington to California, where her home district is located, "in the plane that [Dennis] Hastert was using." In fact, according to reports, the jet Hastert used did not have the fuel capacity to make nonstop, cross-country trips.
While NBC has aired a segment on President Bush's "signing statement" on a postal reform bill that "quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant," ABC, CBS, and CNN have largely ignored the story, and ABC reported that Bush "acquired new powers" and suggested that they were "included" the bill.
Several media outlets uncritically reported President Bush's claim that he delayed the release of his new "way forward in Iraq" strategy from before Christmas to until January 2007 to allow new Defense Secretary Robert Gates to join the policy discussion and visit Iraq. These media outlets did not mention that the White House scheduled Gates' swearing-in ceremony fully 12 days after his Senate confirmation in order for him to attend commencement at Texas A&M before resigning as the school's president.
In reporting on "the most liberal politicians in America" who are "set to rocket to the top positions in Congress" should Democrats take control of the House and Senate after the midterm elections, CNN's Andrea Koppel claimed that some Republican leaders "have more moderate voting records" but that "the Democrats that they're looking for these chairmanships are all extremely to the left of their party."
CNN's Lou Dobbs misrepresented remarks made by Sen. John Kerry, adopting the White House's interpretation of them and running an Internet poll asking, "Do you believe John Kerry owes our troops in Iraq an apology?" Moreover, CNN's live coverage regarding the remarks failed to note an Associated Press report that supports Kerry's explanation for them.
CNN's Lou Dobbs and Fox News' Bret Baier reported on President Bush's visit to Pennsylvania to campaign for Rep. Don Sherwood and noted that Sherwood has acknowledged having an "extramarital affair." But neither Dobbs nor Baier mentioned allegations that Sherwood had "repeatedly chok[ed]" and "attempt[ed] to strangle" his former mistress.
CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight and the Washington Post editorial board devoted significant attention to "serious questions" surrounding a land deal involving Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, but both treated with relative nonchalance reports that Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert made almost $2 million on the sale of land in Illinois after taking an active role in the passage of a transportation bill that included an earmark for a highway project near the property.
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