Following Bryant Gumbel's remarks on HBO's Real Sports, in which he stated that the "paucity of blacks" at the Winter Olympics "makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention," John Gibson accused Gumbel of "granting himself the right to be racist just to throw an elbow at Republicans." Additionally, Sean Hannity falsely accused Gumbel of "insinuating" that Republicans are racist.
While on Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, Ann Coulter claimed that Democrats "have affection for ... terrorists." When Arianna Huffington later challenged co-host Sean Hannity to say whether he agreed with Coulter's assertion, Hannity refused to answer despite his frequent practice of demanding "yes or no" answers from guests on complicated or diversionary questions.
Numerous media figures highlighted the alleged "partisan" nature of Coretta Scott King's funeral but failed to comment on the politicization of Ronald Reagan's funeral.
On the February 1 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity quoted a CBS poll that showed "77 percent of the people watching [the State of the Union address] liked his [President Bush's] agenda." In doing so, Hannity touted poll results that CBS' own Bob Schieffer warned his audience may not be reliable.
Several media figures have used the release of Osama bin Laden's new audiotape to denounce critics of the Bush administration's conduct of the war in Iraq.
Sean Hannity repeated radio host Bill Bennett's false claim that Bennett was simply quoting from the book Freakonomics when he made controversial comments regarding blacks, crime, and abortion.
Numerous media outlets echoed Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's criticisms of former Vice President Al Gore's January 16 speech, which was highly critical of President Bush's authorization of warrantless domestic espionage in apparent violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Gonzales argued that Gore was being "inconsistent" because the Clinton administration did the same thing; in fact, Clinton's use of warrantless physical searches, which Gonzales cited, did not violate FISA because at the time FISA did not address physical searches.
On Hannity & Colmes, an onscreen caption falsely listed guest Jimmy Hayes -- a former U.S. representative from Louisiana -- as a Democrat. In fact, Hayes became a Republican in 1995 before leaving the House of Representatives. Co-host Sean Hannity brought on Hayes and former Rep. George Nethercutt, both Republicans, as the only two guests to discuss money Democrats have taken from clients or employers of disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, as well as to assess the "formula for success for the Democratic Party to win in 2006."