The New York Times and National Public Radio's Juan Williams, during his interview with President Bush, failed to address the recurring pattern by Bush and other Republicans of employing the proper noun "Democrat" as an adjective -- an oft-used Republican slur.
In introducing her interview with Rep. Frank Wolf, National Public Radio's Deborah Amos stated that, after his 2005 trip to Iraq, Wolf "decided the [Iraq] war was not going well," and "came up with the idea for an independent panel to analyze U.S. policy," which "became the Baker-Hamilton Study Group." In fact, shortly after his return, Wolf wrote an official trip report and an op-ed in which he stressed that "real progress is being made [in Iraq], despite the ongoing security concerns."
In reporting on recent speeches by Sen. John McCain, National Public Radio's Mara Liasson uncritically reported his argument that "his brand of maverick conservatism ... is what voters are looking for now" and asserted that the "role of independent and moderate voters" in the midterm elections "reinforces McCain's appeal as a general election candidate." She did not mention that McCain is at odds with a majority of voters on Iraq -- including most independents -- who disapprove of the war and favor some type of U.S. troop withdrawal.
Contrary to Karl Rove's pre-election assertions -- which the media accorded significance despited his presumable responsibility to express optimism -- Democrats won control of both houses of Congress. This raises the question of whether the media were wrong in treating Rove's optimistic predictions as anything more than a job requirement.
The Wall Street Journal's David Wessel baselessly asserted that if the Democrats "actually want to accomplish anything," should they gain control of one or both houses of Congress on November 7, they will "have to decide what they want to do." "Do they what they want to spend the next two years investigating and overseeing the Bush administration? Or do they want to govern and try to show that they can get something done?" He stated that "it is an either/or" question.
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.
NPR uncritically aired portions of an ad in which Rep. Thomas Reynolds took credit for "forc[ing]" former Rep. Mark Foley to resign after learning of alleged explicit Internet communications between Foley and a former congressional page. In fact, Foley resigned after ABC News informed Foley that it was going to make the explicit messages public, and House Speaker Dennis Hastert has previously denied that the House leadership was responsible for Foley's resignation.
CNN's Joe Johns and National Public Radio's Ken Rudin declared that portions of a political ad by Minnesota Democratic congressional candidate Patty Wetterling, claiming that "[c]ongressional leaders have admitted covering up the predatory behavior of a congressman who used the Internet to molest children," were false. But neither Rudin nor Johns noted that admitted actions by members of the House Republican leadership arguably had the result of a "cover-up."