A New York Times Magazine article by Michael Sokolove reported the dubious allegation that at a 2002 Maryland gubernatorial debate, Democratic supporters of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend threw Oreo cookies at Michael Steele, then a candidate for lieutenant governor. The article referenced the alleged Oreo incident as a racial slur of Steele, an African-American Republican now running for U.S. Senate. But Sokolove did not inform readers that Steele has offered contradictory accounts of what occurred at the debate, nor did Sokolove inform readers that The Baltimore Sun has investigated the Oreo allegations extensively, finding little evidence to substantiate the various allegations of cookie-throwing.
During a March 21 press conference, the White House press corps failed to challenge President Bush after he offered a misleading and evasive answer about his reasons for invading Iraq in response to a question asked by Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas.
New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman lauded a speech made by Sen. Richard Lugar about breaking the United States' oil addiction, but Friedman ignored Lugar's extensive record in the Senate advocating oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve and Lugar's vote, just last year, against a measure that would have set targets for reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
Following President Bush's speech at the City Club of Cleveland, several news outlets -- including The New York Times, Fox News, and National Public Radio -- reported without challenge or criticism Bush's example of Tal Afar as "a free city that gives reason for hope for a free Iraq." By contrast, The Washington Post reported both the heightened sectarian strife and an Al Qaeda resurgence in the city.
In reporting on Sen. Russ Feingold's call for the censure of President Bush for authorizing the National Security Agency's warrantless domestic surveillance program, numerous media outlets have repeated the Republican talking point that Feingold's action provides an opportunity for Bush and the GOP to regain ground by turning the public's attention back to national security.
A New York Times article reported that the Bush administration had recently challenged the plans of "Republican lawmakers'" to reform the review process for foreign investment. But the article later noted that Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT) has backed such a proposal, contradicting its initial representation of these efforts as exclusively Republican.
A New York Times article documented a recent rift between employers and labor unions over a unionizing method that uses "card checks" instead of secret ballot elections. The Times included comments from Richard Berman, the founder of the anti-union organization, the Center for Union Facts; however, it did not mention Berman's history of lobbying for the restaurant and beverage industry or his support for and involvement in controversial campaigns.
In covering President's Bush's March 13 speech, the media reported that Bush effectively laid out a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq by setting a "goal of having the Iraqis control more territory than the coalition by the end of 2006" but completely ignored the numerous statements Bush and other administration officials have made denouncing timetables for withdrawal, and attacking those who propose them.
A New York Times article on partisanship in the Senate Intelligence Committee investigations ignored the conduct of committee chair Pat Roberts in impeding investigations or blocking them outright.
The New York Times reported that the recent agreement between the White House and Republican senators concerning the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program "would reinforce the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court." In fact, the reported agreement, if it is introduced as legislation, would codify the program's status outside the reach of the court.
The New York Times issued a correction of a previous correction of an article that misstated the purpose of legislation by Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) regarding control of U.S. seaports. But the Times has yet to issue a correction about a similar falsehood regarding port-related legislation proposed by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA).
New York Times columnist John Tierney misrepresented the findings of a study of school vouchers in Milwaukee, claiming that it showed "that as the voucher program expanded in Milwaukee, there was a marked improvement in test scores at the public schools most threatened by the program." In fact, the study questioned whether the Milwaukee voucher program actually had an effect on public schools.
A story in The New York Times falsely suggested that only Democrats have challenged the legality of the Bush administration's warrantless domestic spying program. But the Times itself has reported on Republican concerns about the program's legality.
In reporting that the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs rejected a proposal to create an independent Office of Public Integrity to investigate ethics violations by members of Congress, March 3 articles by The New York Times and The Washington Post ignored Democratic support on the committee for the measure. In fact, more Democrats on the committee voted for the proposal than against it, while only one Republican supported it.
On the second day after the release of videos showing President Bush was warned of possible catastrophic flooding in New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal published no news articles following up on the controversy.