Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace criticized the hosts of Fox & Friends for engaging in "two hours of Obama bashing" and for "distorting" comments Sen. Barack Obama made about his grandmother in a radio interview on March 20.
Several media figures have falsely claimed that Sen. Barack Obama contradicted previous statements when he said during a March 18 speech on race: "Did I ever hear him [Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's former pastor] make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in the church? Yes." In fact, Obama previously asserted he had not been present for particular statements Wright made that were repeated by various media outlets and that spurred the recent controversy. He did not claim to have never heard Wright make "remarks that could be considered controversial."
On Fox & Friends, Brian Kilmeade discussed the release by Sen. Barack Obama's campaign of a list of campaign contributions raised by Antoin "Tony" Rezko -- which the campaign says will be donated to charity -- and asserted that the list was of "people that donated to his campaign for Senate and for the presidency." Steve Doocy replied, "Well, actually, I think it's just during the presidential campaign." In fact, a Politico article noted that "the only presidential campaign contribution on the list" came from "financier and Hollywood producer Thomas Rosenberg."
While discussing conservative radio host Bill Cunningham's repeated reference to Sen. Barack Obama's middle name -- Hussein -- Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson asserted: "[T]he silent thing that nobody is really talking about here is the reason that he was saying the middle name so many times ... is because the connotation is that Barack Obama is a Muslim potentially. His father was a Muslim." Carlson then referred to claims that Obama is a Muslim as "rumors," but neither she nor co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade pointed out that those rumors are false, and that Obama is a Christian.
Contrary to the assertion by Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy that NBC's Today "booked" Ann Coulter "to talk about her book, and they didn't talk about her book," Today host Meredith Vieira noted in her introduction of Coulter that she has a new book out, the book appeared on-screen at the beginning and end of the interview, and Vieira did bring it up during the interview. The Today appearance marks at least Coulter's 195th appearance on an NBC-operated channel.
According to an ABCNews.com report, Fox News vice president Bill Shine defended John Gibson's reporting on the discredited accusation that Sen. Barack Obama attended a madrassa in his youth. But a statement from Shine, as quoted by the ABCNews.com report, never addressed Gibson's charges that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was behind the smear.
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