Supporters of the Iraq war -- rather than waiting for testimony by Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker on the effect of President Bush's troop increase in Iraq -- have engaged in a campaign to convince the media and public that progress is being made in Iraq and that the "surge" is "working." Media Matters has compiled some of the most pervasive myths and falsehoods advanced by opponents of withdrawal in service of the "surge is working" message, which many in the media have been complicit in perpetuating.
In recent articles, The New York Times and the New York Daily News falsely characterized Sen. Clinton's vote for the 2002 resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq as a vote "for the Iraq war." However, prior to her vote, Clinton said that she expected the White House to push for "complete, unlimited inspections" and that she did not view her support for the resolution as "a vote for any new doctrine of pre-emption or for unilateralism."
The New York Daily News reported New York Gov. George Pataki's recent criticism of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as "one of the most polarizing personalities in American politics" but did not include any response from the Clinton camp.
A New York Daily News article about the recent contributions by former deputy Treasury secretary Roger Altman to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate campaign falsely suggested that there had been a rift between the two. In fact, Clinton and Altman have worked together on New Jobs for New York, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving economic growth in New York that they launched in 2003.
The New York Daily News reported that after it was revealed that former President Bill Clinton advised United Arab Emirates officials on how to handle the controversial deal that would have granted Dubai Ports World (DPW) operational control of six major U.S. ports, his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), "faded away as a leading voice of criticism for the ports deal." In fact, after Mr. Clinton's role was first reported, Sen. Clinton continued to publicly criticize the deal.
Vice President Dick Cheney's recent hunting accident offered yet another example of an unmistakable pattern with the Bush administration, which few in the media have noted. When faced with potential political damage stemming from its actions or decisions, the Bush White House attacks those fomenting the criticism; Cheney or President Bush then take to the airwaves and appear to temper the debate -- while benefiting from whatever discrediting their surrogates' smears brought on their targets.