The Washington Post and the New York Post both baselessly asserted that Sen. Hillary Clinton referred to an emotional moment before last month's New Hampshire primary when she said during a February 4 visit to the Yale Child Study Center, "I said I would not tear up."
A New York Post editorial about President Bill Clinton's September 2005 trip to Kazakhstan with Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra misleadingly characterized Giustra as "a newcomer to uranium mining" and suggested he was able to secure mining agreements because of his connection to Clinton; in fact, Giustra reportedly had been involved in other Kazakh mining deals at least as far back as 10 years ago. And a Washington Post editorial misrepresented a New York Times report of a quote by Moukhtar Dzhakishev, the president of the Kazakh company that reached the uranium mining deal with Giustra, falsely suggesting that Dzhakishev had acknowledged that Clinton's presence had played a role in Dzhakishev's willingness to reach a deal with Giustra.
In a New York Post column titled "Bam: Our 1st Woman Prez?" Lucy Berrington and Jeff Onore claimed that Sen. Barack Obama "is like a woman: slim, good looking, with long elegant fingers, appealingly dressed -- all terms more typically ascribed to female candidates," adding, "By the end of this year we might indeed have our first woman president -- but not necessarily Hillary." Berrington and Onore also claimed that Sen. Hillary Clinton "has long been accused of androgyny -- trying to sound like a man, flexing her rhetorical muscle," and that Sen. John Edwards' "appeal to female voters is more as a cute 8-year-old boy."
A New York Posteditorial claimed that a New York Times article reported that the William J. Clinton Foundation's "donations are up 70 percent since" Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign "got under way." But the Post left out a link made by the Times between the increased contributions and expansion by the foundation into global issues.
A New York Post article reported that Congress plans to vote on "a bill that leaves in place the legal hurdles in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA] -- problems that were highlighted during the May search for a group of kidnapped U.S. soldiers." Hurt suggested that the "legal hurdle" was that "[t]he FISA law applies even to a cellphone conversation between two people in Iraq, because those communications zip along wires through U.S. hubs, which is where the taps are typically applied." In fact, the bill specifically provides that "a court order is not required for the acquisition of the contents of any communication between persons that are not United States persons and are not located within the United States," even if those communications are routed through U.S. hubs.
Echoing similar distortions previously made in the New York Post and on the Drudge Report, a September 20 Post article claimed that a statement on Fred Thompson's website says Sen. Hillary Clinton's health-care "proposal would require Americans to provide proof of insurance in order to get a job -- a job they would likely need in the first place in order to get health insurance." In fact, Clinton has not said that her health-care plan "would require Americans to provide proof of insurance" to potential employers.
A WorldNetDaily.com article reported that "Kathleen Willey, the woman who says Bill Clinton groped her in the Oval Office, claims she was the target of an unusual house burglary over the weekend that nabbed a manuscript for her upcoming book. ... [S]he believes the Clintons were behind it." Special Report with Brit Hume, Rush Limbaugh, and the New York Post all repeated the allegation that the Clintons were behind the purported burglary, and Special Report and the Post repeated Willey's earlier accusation about having been "groped" in 1993 by Bill Clinton. But none of these reports noted that independent counsel Robert W. Ray discredited Willey's allegations regarding Clinton in a formal report released on March 6, 2002, citing her inconsistent testimony regarding the alleged incident.
The New York Post asserted that "[t]he writer who penned the script for last year's controversial ABC miniseries 'The Path to 9/11' says pressure from powerful supporters of Bill and Hillary Clinton is delaying the mini's DVD release." But the Post article failed to address the inaccuracies in the film and the sharp discrepancies between the film's account of certain events and the findings laid out in the 9-11 Commission's report, upon which ABC said the miniseries was based.
Linking to a New York Post article, whose headline asserted, "Hill Eyes National Cig Curb," Matt Drudge wrote "Hillary Supports National Smoking Ban." In fact, as the Post article noted, "Asked whether the feds should impose a nationwide ban, Clinton deferred to local governments."