Although Rev. Ted Haggard was the pastor of a 14,000-member church and president of "the largest evangelical group in America," as well as a regular member of weekly conference calls with the Bush administration, National Public Radio's Mara Liasson, Slate's John Dickerson, and Time's Ana Marie Cox all downplayed the political impact of recent allegations that he solicited sex and drugs from a male prostitute.
MSNBC's David Shuster invited viewers to vote on the "nastiest" campaign advertisement among the "the five nastiest ads" culled by Shuster. However, Shuster's focus on "nast[iness]" obscured questions about the advertisements' accuracy; he also included on his list two Democratic advertisements that are based upon reported facts. In a discussion following one airing of Shuster's segment, CNBC's Donny Deutsch misrepresented one of the Democratic ads.
A political attack that started with a posting on the website of Rep. John Boehner's political action committee -- promoting the claim that House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has made no recent public appearances -- then moved to the Drudge Report website and ended up in reports on Fox News and MSNBC, with MSNBC chief Washington correspondent Norah O'Donnell asking of Pelosi, "Where's she been the last week?"
MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell asked Illinois Democratic congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran who lost both her legs in combat: "[H]ow do you respond to being called a Defeatocrat?"
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Chris Matthews declared that he didn't think Republicans "would have put up with" Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky because "I think a lot of Republicans were very tough on Richard Nixon." But Republicans apparently "put up with" former Rep. Mark Foley even after House leaders learned -- months and possibly years ago -- of potential misconduct on the part of Foley toward underage former House pages.