Ignoring conflicting statements by John McCain on gay and lesbian issues, The Hotline's Chuck Todd asserted that on the issue of same-sex marriage, McCain is "being true to what he is and what he thought conservatism was." Todd also likened McCain to Barry Goldwater, suggesting they held similar views on gay rights; in fact, while McCain supported an Arizona effort to ban legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples and supports the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, Goldwater became a strong supporter of gay rights and opposed the ban on gays in the military.
Don Imus didn't challenge John McCain's claim that his 2008 presidential campaign manager, Terry Nelson, while serving as head of the independent expenditure unit of the Republican National Committee, "realized it was a mistake" to sign off on an ad attacking Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. and that Nelson subsequently "resigned from the group of people who approved of it." In fact, Nelson has publicly defended the ad, and there is no apparent evidence that Nelson "resigned" from his RNC position in protest over the ad.
In an online article, MSNBC reporter Alex Johnson wrote that Democrats "just squeaked through" the midterm elections. In fact, in the upcoming session of Congress, Democrats will hold a larger majority in the House than Republicans had in any Congress since they gained control in 1994.
Two days before he resolved to be "completely open-minded, from now to the next general election for president, about who would be our next best president," Chris Matthews claimed that if President Bush attacks Iran, Sen. Hillary Clinton would be "saluting the president," claimed Clinton would have trouble winning "those Democratic states in the Midwest that are pretty culturally conservative ... where everybody, you know, wants to have a gun and a boat," and asked, "[D]oesn't she look a little bit like a prohibitionist?"
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NBC News' Andrea Mitchell did not challenge Sen. John McCain aide Rick Davis when he asserted that Terry Nelson was not "behind" a campaign ad attacking Rep. Harold Ford Jr. that was criticized as racist. In fact, Nelson was head of the political unit that paid for the ad and presumably in a position to sign off on its creation and broadcast.
Given that conservatives such as Rich Lowry and Tony Blankley have challenged Laura Bush's assertion that the media have failed to cover "a lot of good things that are happening" in Iraq, will the media similarly take on the first lady's baseless -- and at times outright false -- attacks on the media?
Discussing the presidential prospects of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, political analyst Flavia Colgan asserted that Clinton will have an "authenticity" problem in "moving to the right on issues" because "a lot of folks aren't going to be able to disregard ... those pictures of her with Coke-bottle glasses." Colgan has twice previously referred to Clinton's "Coke-bottle glasses" as evidence of an "authenticity" or "trust" problem.