The New York Times and The Washington Post have reported on the White House's statements regarding President Bush's knowledge of the new intelligence that Iran halted its nuclear program in late 2003 -- and the administration's subsequent "clarif[ication]" and "revis[ion]" of some of those statements -- but neither paper has noted National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley's inconsistent statements regarding whether intelligence officials told Bush to "stand down" upon learning the "new information" on Iran's nuclear weapons program.
In the last week, several news outlets have reported on recent developments in the case of Wayne DuMond, a convicted rapist sentenced to life in prison in 1984, who was paroled in 1997 after "[then-Arkansas Gov. Mike] Huckabee and a senior member of his staff exerted behind-the-scenes influence." While both The New York Times and The Washington Post have published articles discussing Huckabee's rise in the polls for the Republican presidential nomination, and several reporters at each newspaper have written blog posts citing Huckabee's role in the DuMond case as potentially politically damaging, neither newspaper has published a news article discussing recent developments about Huckabee's role in the case.
In an analysis of Rudy Giuliani's new campaign ad, Howard Kurtz asserted that Giuliani's claim that "reducing taxes produces more revenues" is "a matter of fierce dispute among economists." As evidence of this dispute, Kurtz provided the opinion of only one economist, Larry Kudlow, who agreed with Giuliani's assertion. But a day before Kurtz's analysis appeared in print, a Washington Post editorial had quoted Edward Lazear, chairman of President Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, stating, "I certainly would not claim that tax cuts pay for themselves." Several other current or former Bush administration officials have also disagreed with the assertion that tax cuts produce more revenue.
In claiming that Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign "helped recommend several of the donations his political action committee made in recent months to politicians in key primary states," The Washington Post's John Solomon wrote that "nearly three-quarters of the money the PAC has given out since this summer" was given to candidates in "states with primary dates through mid-February." Solomon failed to note that most states -- 31 of 50 -- plus the District of Columbia will hold their Democratic presidential primaries or caucuses on or before February 12. Further, the former Federal Election Commission chief counsel whom Solomon depicted as questioning the legality of Obama's PAC contributions has since said his quote was taken "out of context."
A Washington Post article reported that "[a]fter the Democratic debate in Philadelphia last month," former President Bill Clinton "insinuated that his wife's Democratic rivals were mounting attacks on her akin to the 'Swift boat' campaign Republicans launched against Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) during the 2004 race." In fact, Clinton did not accuse Democrats of swift-boating his wife; rather, he condemned Republican attacks on Democrats and the role the media play in contributing to such attacks. The article was at least the third in which the Post has reported on Clinton's comments without accurately reporting his statements.
A Washington Post article on how Sen. Barack Obama "has had to address assertions that he is a Muslim" reported that an "early rumor about Obama's faith came from Insight, a conservative online magazine. The Insight article said Obama had 'spent at least four years in a so-called madrassa, or Muslim seminary, in Indonesia' " [emphasis in original]. But rather than citing the investigative reports conclusively debunking the smear, or providing his own reporting on whether the school Obama attended was, in fact, a madrassa, Bacon reported only that "Obama denied the rumor," portraying the issue as a "he said/he said" dispute. CBSNews.com featured the Post article as the top story on its home page.
A Washington Post article reported that David Frum's review of Post columnist Michael Gerson's book Heroic Conservatism "offers several examples of what he [Frum] terms the author's self-aggrandizement, saying that Gerson inflated his role in the development of the president's AIDS initiative in Africa and in writing a potential concession speech for George W. Bush on Election Day 2000." However, the article did not mention that Frum accused Gerson of plagiarizing from Frum's White House memoir.
In an entry on The Trail, titled "A Clinton Shift in Selling Health Plan," The Washington Post's Anne Kornblut wrote, "When Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) introduced her health care proposal, she emphasized its centrist nature: a business-friendly model that would allow consumers maximum choice," adding, "But ... Clinton honed in this weekend with a more traditionally liberal aspect of her plan: It would require all people to get health insurance, with a goal of achieving universal health care." In so doing, Kornblut suggested that Clinton's emphasis on the "universal" aspect of her health care plan is new, without offering any evidence to support that suggestion. In fact, when Clinton introduced her plan, she repeatedly referred to the fact that it is "universal" and "covers all Americans." And since introducing it, she has repeatedly stressed its focus on universal coverage.
Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt falsely claimed that Sen. Barack Obama "derided" teaching math and reading to "all children, especially poor and minority children" as "preparing children 'to fill in bubbles on standardized tests.' " In fact, Obama suggested that preparation for standardized tests shouldn't "come at the expense of music, or art, or phys. ed., or science." Hiatt also claimed that Sen. John McCain is the only current presidential candidate with "principles" that he "holds strongly enough to take an electoral hit" on issues such as the Iraq war, immigration, and "curbing the influence of money in politics." But McCain has shifted positions and demonstrated inconsistencies on all three of those issues.
The Washington Post referred to Rudy Giuliani as "America's mayor" and suggested that after his "triumphal leadership on Sept. 11" Giuliani "transcended the life that was," including controversies involving his friend and former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik as well as controversies in his personal life. The Post article repeated a tendency by some in the media of touting Giuliani's actions as mayor of New York on 9-11 or labeling him "America's mayor" without mentioning that his performance before, during, and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has been questioned and criticized.
In his Washington Post column, discussing "the prospect of a dual presidency" -- if former President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton return to the White House -- David Broder wrote that "the country must decide whether it is comfortable with such a sharing of the power and authority of the highest office in the land," adding that this is a "difficult question" that "lingers, even if unasked." But neither Clinton has said that a new Clinton White House would operate as "a dual presidency." Moreover, a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 60 percent of respondents said they "personally feel comfortable ... with the idea of Bill Clinton back in the White House, this time as first husband," in contrast with the 30 percent who said they feel "uncomfortable."