A Washington Times column reporting that Chris Matthews spoke about Sen. Barack Obama's presidential candidacy and the "galloping horse of history" ran under the headline "Black horse."
Media Matters for America has identified numerous media outlets or figures who reported that the National Journal has rated Sen. Barack Obama "the most liberal senator in 2007," but did not report that the same National Journal feature stated that Sen. John McCain "did not vote frequently enough in 2007 to draw a composite score. He missed more than half of the votes in both the economic and foreign-policy categories."
The Washington Times claimed that during his 2004 Senate campaign, Barack Obama "took positions" on health care for undocumented immigrants, mandatory minimum sentences, and single-payer health insurance "that conflict with statements that he has made during his run for the White House." But the Times omitted key parts of Obama's statements on these issues, the inclusion of which would have undermined its characterization of Obama as having changed his positions.
A Washington Times article and a Boston Globe column both discussed a statement from the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women that criticized Sen. Edward M. Kennedy for endorsing Sen. Barack Obama and not Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, but both omitted the Clinton campaign's reported disavowal of NOW New York's statement. In a New York Daily News column, Bill Hammond reported that "her [Clinton's] campaign quickly disavowed [NOW New York president Marcia] Pappas' attack on Kennedy. 'This statement does not at all reflect her views or the opinion of the Clinton campaign,' spokesman Howard Wolfson said."
In a Washington Times column, R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. wrote that Sen. Hillary Clinton's "experience ... includes lying under oath, and obstructing justice." But Clinton has never been charged with, let alone found guilty of, "lying under oath" or "obstructing justice."
A Washington Times article claimed that Rudy Giuliani "skipped the first six nomination contests"; in fact, Giuliani spent considerable time and money in Iowa and New Hampshire. Indeed, ABC News has reported that Giuliani held more events in New Hampshire than any other Republican except for Mitt Romney and spent more on TV ads there than anyone except for Romney and John McCain.
A Washington Times article misrepresented Sen. Hillary Clinton's January 7 statement on civil rights -- which it claimed "seemed to diminish the accomplishments of Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement -- by reporting that she said: "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done." But Clinton actually said: "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when he was able to get through Congress something that President Kennedy was hopeful to do, the president before had not even tried, but it took a president to get it done."
The Washington Times reprinted portions of an Investor's Business Daily editorial smearing Sen. Barack Obama's faith, including the editorial's charge that "[a]t the core of the Democratic front-runner's faith ... is African nativism," and the false assertion that the "Black Value System" espoused by Obama's church "encourages blacks to group together and separate from the larger American society by pooling their money, patronizing black-only businesses and backing black leaders." In fact, according to a document on the church's website, the Black Value System urges members to "Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions."
The headline of a Washington Times article falsely asserted: "Hillary likens Obama to 'pathetic' Bush." The article itself stated that Hillary Clinton "compared her rival, Sen. Barack Obama, to President Bush on executive abilities -- just minutes after calling the current president 'pathetic.' The brief exchange began after Mr. Obama of Illinois said in response to a debate question about his greatest weakness that he has trouble keeping track of paperwork." In fact, Clinton used the word "pathetic" -- in reference to Bush "begging the Saudis and others to drop the price of oil" -- more than six minutes before mentioning Bush's abilities as a chief executive in reference to comments Obama had made to a question about his strengths and weaknesses.
In articles on the recent congressional vote to override President Bush's veto of the SCHIP bill, The Washington Times and the Politico uncritically reported that Republicans are urging Democrats to seek a compromise, but did not note that the legislation Bush vetoed represented a bipartisan compromise.
A Washington Post column discussing a congressional resolution that would label the killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915-1923 as genocide quoted White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe saying, "What happened nearly 100 years ago in Turkey and Armenia is tragic, but is an historical issue that needs to be worked out by those two countries, not the United States Congress." But the column did not mention that as a presidential candidate in 2000 Bush sent a letter to the Armenian National Committee of America declaring that "[t]he Armenians were subjected to a genocidal campaign that defies comprehension." According to an excerpt of the letter, Bush also said that if elected president, he "would ensure that our nation properly recognizes the tragic suffering of the Armenian people."