Sean Hannity baselessly accused Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington of "prioritiz[ing] partisan politics over the safety and security of children" regarding Rep. Mark Foley's alleged communications with former underage congressional pages. In fact, CREW provided the FBI with the emails allegedly sent from Foley to a former page two months before ABC News reported their existence. Additionally, Michael Barone stated that CREW "would also have been wise to turn [the emails] over to, for example ... the House Page Committee"; in fact, the House leadership reportedly learned of the emails long before CREW did.
Seeking to minimize the extent to which the House Republican leadership can be blamed for the scandal surrounding former Rep. Mark Foley, several congressional Republicans, media figures, and conservatives have posited various conspiracy theories and placed blame on just about everyone and everything else -- including liberals, Democrats, the media, "politically correct culture," gays in Congress, and congressional pages.
Many television news outlets touted a USA Today/Gallup poll putting President Bush's job approval rating at 44 percent as a success for Bush, asserting that his rating is "the highest it's been in a year." But four days earlier, the same news organizations ignored a Pew Research Center poll showing Bush's approval rating at 37 percent.
Several members of the media have complied with the Bush administration's efforts to rebrand the "global war on terror" by adopting the administration's newest catchphrase: Islamic fascism.
On Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity asserted that "some people are saying" that a Democratic victory in the November elections would be a "victory for the terrorists."
Numerous conservative figures on cable TV news have made dire predictions for the Democratic Party if Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont defeats incumbent Sen. Joe Lieberman in the August 8 Connecticut Democratic Senate primary.
On Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity declared that although "Al Gore is unhinged" because he is warning of the threat posed by global warming, Pat Robertson is "sane" despite having announced that the recent record-breaking heat "is making a convert out of me" on global warming.
Two days after he criticized the media for suggesting that "we were in the middle of what is going to be a huge crisis with North Korea," Sean Hannity criticized Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for commenting on the Connecticut Democratic primary "in the middle of a North Korean crisis." Hannity also asserted that the Connecticut primary revealed both Democrats' "rigid lack of openness to any new idea" and inability "to unify and take a solid position on Iraq."
Keith Olbermann granted Sean Hannity second runner-up of his nightly "Worst Person" award for complaining that the media and the Bush administration were not "paying attention to what was the biggest story in the lead-up to the [Iraq] war": the discredited claim by Sen. Rick Santorum and House Intelligence Committee chairman Peter Hoekstra that a recently declassified intelligence report found that there were "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq prior to the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
Fox News host Sean Hannity falsely suggested that right-wing pundit Ann Coulter has never "suggested that [President] Bill Clinton should die." But in a 1998 book, Coulter wrote that the national debate during the Monica Lewinsky controversy should not have focused on whether Clinton "did it," but rather "whether to impeach or assassinate" him.
Sean Hannity criticized both the media and the Bush administration for not "paying attention to what was the biggest story in the lead-up to the [Iraq] war": the discredited June 21 claim by Sen. Rick Santorum and House Intelligence Committee chairman Peter Hoekstra that a recently declassified intelligence report found that there were "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq prior to the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion. But intelligence officials, military officials, and the Bush administration have all confirmed that the pre-1991 shells were not the WMDs that the Bush administration cited in its argument for war.