The Washington Times propagated claims that the Capitol Police were ordered not to arrest anti-Iraq war protesters who reportedly spray-painted graffiti on the Capitol steps, and that the order came from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but it has yet to report the Capitol Police chief's statement flatly refuting the allegations against the Capitol Police and Pelosi.
A Washington Times editorial criticized the media's coverage of recent remarks by Sen. Joe Biden, saying they were "the focus of the media's racial-insensitivity microscope." But less than two days earlier, Times editorial page editor Tony Blankley had asserted that Biden was "getting, more or less, a pass from the mainstream media" on his comments.
The Washington Times suggested that Sens. Harry Reid, John Kerry, and Joe Biden changed their views on the need for additional troops in Iraq only after President Bush announced his plan to send more troops to Iraq on January 10. In fact, in June 2006 -- well before Bush embraced a "surge" -- all three senators supported an amendment that called for a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq to begin by the end of 2006.