An article by New York Times reporter Adam Nagourney about Ned Lamont's victory over incumbent Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman in the Connecticut primary stated that Democrats are "struggling to arrive at a unified position about the [Iraq] war," contradicting an article Nagourney wrote just eight days earlier, in which he reported that "most of the Democratic leadership had unified around a position" on the war.
The New York Times and The Washington Post credited GOP "moderates" with forcing the Republican leadership to allow a vote on increasing the minumum wage, burying the fact that Democrats have been pushing for years to increase the minimum wage. The Times and the Post also uncritically repeated the argument, often put forth by opponents of a wage increase, that a higher minimum wage will result in job losses and discourage job creation.
The New York Times appears to have omitted a correction from a July 16 article it archived, in which the paper wrote in an "Editor's Note" that reporter Anne Kornblut falsely reported that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton had recently criticized her Democratic colleagues in Congress for "wasting time" and "for taking on issues that arouse conservatives and turn out Republican voters." Clinton had in fact been criticizing the Republican-led Congress in the speech, not her fellow Democrats.
In their coverage of President Bush's recent veto of embryonic stem cell legislation, The New York Times and CNN reported that Bush also signed a bill that day banning "fetal farming" -- creating embryos or fetuses specifically for use as a source of cells or tissue. But neither noted that "fetal farming" is neither being carried out, nor is it "under serious scientific consideration," as National Public Radio's Julie Rovner reported.
In a July 18 article, New York Times staff writer Kate Zernike reported that Sen. Lindsey Graham is trying "to resist the White House when it comes to defining the treatment of people accused of being terrorists." But Zernike ignored Graham's controversial efforts to strip habeas corpus rights from the detainees held at Guantánamo Bay -- efforts that included an act of legislative deception that was specifically noted by the Supreme Court majority opinion in the case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.
In a July 16 New York Times article, reporter Anne Kornblut falsely reported that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused her fellow congressional Democrats of "wasting time" by focusing on "issues that arouse conservatives and turn out Republican voters rather than finding consensus on mainstream subjects." Despite the fact that numerous websites, including Media Matters for America, have noted that Clinton was actually criticizing the Republican-led Congress, the Times has yet to issue a correction.
In a July 16 article, New York Times reporter Anne E. Kornblut falsely reported that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized her fellow congressional Democrats "for taking on issues that arouse conservatives and turn out Republican voters rather than finding consensus on mainstream subjects."
Few media reports on new, lower federal budget deficit projections by the Bush administration pointed out that critics have accused the administration of inflating its original deficit predictions to be able to later tout the actual, less dire, figures.
A New York Times profile of House Judiciary Committee chairman F. James Sensenbrenner ignored criticism leveled at Sensenbrenner by numerous Democratic committee members, who have accused him of "squelching the minority" as chairman and assailed him for "hostile acts steeped in partisan politics."
The New York Times reported that President Bush recently "signal[ed] a new willingness to negotiate with House Republicans" on tackling immigration, adding that "[t]he shift is significant because Mr. Bush has repeatedly said he favors legislation like the Senate's immigration bill." But the Times made no mention of the fact that the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee accused the White House of abandoning its original support of some of the harshest provisions in the House bill on immigration, including a provision that would make undocumented presence in the country a crime.
A Media Matters analysis of the media coverage of the Iraq war debate shows that the favored Republican talking points on Iraq have gone largely unchallenged in the media and have even been adopted as truths by some media outlets and figures.
An article in The Washington Post reported the claim that the June 23 report by The New York Times on a Treasury Department program designed to monitor terrorists' international financial transactions "undermined a highly successful counter-terrorism program and alerted terrorists to the methods and sources used to track their money trails." But the article at no point mentioned the numerous instances in which administration officials have publicly touted their efforts to track terrorist finances. Nor did it note reports that terrorists were increasingly using alternate means of transferring money to elude detection.
Several news outlets missed a key point in their reporting on the Senate's defeat of two Democratic amendments calling for U.S. redeployment from Iraq: The Democrats' claim that their position reflects public opinion is backed by polling data showing that a majority of Americans support some form of withdrawal.