Syndicated columnist Dick Morris wrote that if President Bush were to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, "he could begin to recover his personal ratings" and improve his party's chances in the 2008 election, because his "ratings on the economy are not bad, and he still draws commendations for his battle against terrorism." In fact, recent public opinion polls show that majorities of respondents disapprove of Bush's handling of the economy and that at least half disapprove of how he is handling the fight against terrorism.
The Hill and ABC's World News Sunday reported Newt Gingrich's statement that Nancy Pelosi's recent trip to Syria was "very dangerous for America" because it left the impression that the government has "two foreign policies." However, neither outlet noted that during a 1997 visit, Gingrich made remarks to Chinese leaders that deviated from U.S. policy, or that in 1998, Gingrich said of then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: "I think it's wrong for the American secretary of state to become the agent for the Palestinians."
An article in the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill made a poorly substantiated claim that "tax experts" believe that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonprofit government ethics watchdog group, may have violated IRS regulations governing nonprofit organizations by filing ethics complaints with the Justice Department and Federal Elections Commission against mostly Republican members of Congress. The claim against CREW was forwarded by Republicans, but the article downplayed the claim's partisan nature. In fact, no complaint has been filed with the IRS, and two of the three "experts" cited in the article demonstrated either incomplete or inaccurate knowledge of the issue.