A New York Times article on the passage of Sen. John Cornyn's amendment repudiating a MoveOn.org ad critical of Gen. David Petraeus described another amendment by Sen. Barbara Boxer as "extremely similar" and claimed that Boxer's amendment "did not mention the MoveOn.org ad." In fact, Boxer's amendment did mention the MoveOn.org ad but, unlike Cornyn's amendment, also noted Republican-backed attacks against Democratic Sen. John Kerry and former Sen. Max Cleland in condemning "all attacks on the honor, integrity, and patriotism" of those who have served in the military.
A New York Times article stated that a "proposal" by Sen. Russ Feingold "would require most American troops to be pulled out of Iraq by next June and would then cut financing for continuing military operations." In fact, Feingold's proposal would not have "cut financing" for U.S. troops remaining in Iraq; it provides funding for several "continuing military operations" in Iraq after the redeployment.
A New York Times article on Sen. Hillary Clinton's proposed health care plan noted that "the Republican National Committee [RNC] sent an e-mail message challenging Mrs. Clinton's promise that her plan would not be government-run or produce new bureaucracy, quoting eight commentators and analysts who assert that government would inevitably expand." But the article didn't identify the RNC's "commentators and analysts" -- a group that included Tucker Carlson, the Orange County Register editorial page, right-wing think tank analysts, and former Republican officials.
The New York Times stated that attorney general nominee Michael B. Mukasey "has repeatedly spoken out to support the administration's claim to broad powers in pursuing terrorist threats, especially in conducting electronic surveillance of terrorism suspects and in imprisoning them before trial." But Mukasey's ruling as a district court judge on the detention of terrorism suspects went beyond what the Times reported. In the case of Jose Padilla, Mukasey ruled that the government had the legal authority to imprison Padilla, a U.S. citizen arrested within the United States, without trial.
The New York Times asserted in an article that the day after President Bush delivered his prime-time address outlining his plan for Iraq, "[t]here were signs" that the speech "might have succeeded in shifting some sentiment." The article then pointed to "The Washington Post's editorial page," which, the Times said, "has clung to a middle ground on the war," but which "described Mr. Bush's strategy as 'the least bad plan' and one that would be 'less risky than the alternatives.' " But the Post editorial criticized Bush for omitting key information about the situation in Iraq from his speech and for not setting realistic goals for the U.S. mission there.
In reports on recent news that Iraq's Interior Ministry has revoked the license of Blackwater USA, an American security firm, several news outlets did not mention that Blackwater USA's vice chairman is also the head of Mitt Romney's counterterrorism policy advisory group.
A Newsday article on Sen. Hillary Clinton's health care reform proposal repeated an assertion made in a 2006 New York Times article that the health care "industry contributed more than $850,000 to her re-election campaign, the second highest level of contributions to any senator." But Newsday did not note that the number includes donations from individual health care professionals, such as nurses and doctors, and neither newspaper reported that if only health care PAC donations were considered -- that is, donations from the actual health care "industry" -- Clinton drops off the list of top 25 congressional recipients of health care industry money entirely.
A New York Times article on President Bush's decision to nominate Michael B. Mukasey for attorney general reported that Sen. Charles Schumer "issued a statement on Sunday evening praising Mr. Mukasey," which it called "a suggestion that Democrats, who are already challenging Mr. Bush over the war in Iraq, have little appetite for another big fight." In fact, Schumer had previously named Mukasey as one of three potential attorney general nominees whose selection would likely be approved by a Democratic-controlled Senate, and Senate Democrats made clear that they were prepared to block confirmation of another potential nominee, Theodore Olson.
The New York Times falsely claimed that Sen. Hillary Clinton "has always maintained that her support of a Congressional resolution authorizing the president to use force in Iraq was not an authorization to go to war." In fact, Clinton acknowledged at the time that the vote for the resolution could "lead to war," but she has stated that a vote for the resolution was not a "vote for" war, and that she expected the Bush administration to push for more weapons inspections in Iraq before resorting to war.
A New York Times article about a visit to Iraq by a group of House Republicans quoted House Minority Leader John Boehner saying, "Clearly what's happened over the last three months has been real success." But the Times article provided no details about the briefing on which Boehner claimed to base his assertion, and a previous Times article about congressional delegations to Iraq described them as "highly choreographed affairs" and reported that "[t]he Congressional Iraq tours rarely include chats with ordinary Iraqis."
Supporters of the Iraq war -- rather than waiting for testimony by Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker on the effect of President Bush's troop increase in Iraq -- have engaged in a campaign to convince the media and public that progress is being made in Iraq and that the "surge" is "working." Media Matters has compiled some of the most pervasive myths and falsehoods advanced by opponents of withdrawal in service of the "surge is working" message, which many in the media have been complicit in perpetuating.
Two New York Times articles and a Washington Post article on a report by the Independent Commission on the Security Forces of Iraq did not mention that the report called on the U.S. military to reduce its "footprint" in Iraq because its presence there conveys an "unintended message" of "permanence" as "an occupying force."
Tucker Carlson quoted Michelle Obama, wife of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), from a recent interview with Glamour, saying of her husband and children: "We have this ritual in the morning. They come in my bed, and Dad isn't there -- because he's too snore-y and stinky, they don't want to ever get into bed with him." But Glamour left out a key word from Michelle Obama's quote; she had said, "They come in my bed, and if Dad isn't there ..." -- the addition of "if" turning her remark into a conditional statement that her children come into bed "if Dad isn't there." But Carlson went beyond Glamour's original error, asserting, based solely on the inaccurate quote, that "the Obamas do not sleep in the same bed, Mrs. Obama is saying."
A New York Times editorial criticizing presidential candidates' use of "bundlers" stated that "Senator Hillary Clinton [D-NY] has been burned twice lately by so-called bundlers," and made apparent references to Clinton bundlers Norman Hsu and Sant Chatwal. The Times went on to note that "[o]ther candidates in both parties have been similarly embarrassed" but offered no further details and made no mention of Alan B. Fabian, a Maryland bundler for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign who was indicted last month on fraud and money laundering charges.