In reporting that William Donohue had criticized John Edwards for retaining two campaign bloggers despite their purportedly "anti-Catholic" writings, The New York Times failed to mention Donohue's own history of bigoted comments. A Washington Post article on the issue reported that Media Matters for America "cast [Donohue's] comments as purely partisan," when, in fact, Media Matters faulted the media for ignoring Donohue's extensive record of bigoted statements and of tolerating and excusing bigotry from conservatives.
The Associated Press, Fox News' Major Garrett, ABC's Jake Tapper, and The Washington Post's Peter Baker all reported or suggested that Senate Democrats wanted to limit debate on an Iraq resolution to two proposals and not include a third proposal by Republican Sen. Judd Gregg. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said during debate on the Senate floor that he had offered to schedule an up-or-down vote on all three resolutions but "was turned down" by the Republican leadership.
In a graphic titled "Dissonance in the Senate," The Washington Post purported to distinguish between four groups of members, including "The President's Men," who "back the president to the hilt" and the "Disillusioned Believers," "[l]ed by Sens. John McCain and Joe Lieberman," who are "vexed by what these senators see as a mismanaged war plagued by mistakes" and "want to extract a price."
Several major print outlets ignored statements by President Bush's nominee to lead Central Command that indicated he has "not gotten into the detail" of Bush's plan to increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and does "not know the details of how he [Bush] plans to use" the additional troops.
On Washington Post Radio, the Post's Richard Cohen falsely claimed that Joseph Wilson, in his New York Times op-ed, wrote that Dick Cheney sent him to Niger. In fact, Wilson wrote that "agency officials" from the CIA "asked if I would travel to Niger" and "check out" a "particular intelligence report" that "Cheney's office had questions about," so that CIA officials "could provide a response to the vice president's office."
Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus claimed that "80 percent of those with employer-sponsored coverage" would be "unaffected" under President Bush's health care proposal. But, in fact, most workers with employer-sponsored coverage would presumably be affected, because they would pay less into Social Security -- and therefore receive smaller payments when they retire.