In a report on the revelation that Vice President Dick Cheney exempted his office from an executive order requiring the executive branch to protect classified materials, Fox News' Bret Baier read a statement from the vice president's office in which it claimed that it "protects the nation's secrets from unauthorized disclosure," but Baier did not mention several recent controversies surrounding the handling of classified information by aides in Cheney's office.
The Los Angeles Times reported Sen. John McCain's assertion that his criticism of the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq "started three years ago" when, he said, he saw "that this train wreck was taking place." But while McCain has often assailed the White House's execution of the war, he has also stated that the United States is on "the right course" in Iraq, said that President Bush "has a good team around him" on national security issues, and expressed his confidence in Bush's ability to "lead the war."
In an article on President Bush's recent speech, The New York Times suggested that Democrats have blamed the Bush administration's decision to go to war in Iraq for the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. But, contrary to the Times' suggestion, it is not just Democrats who have made the link between Iraq and Afghanistan. The bipartisan Iraq Study Group noted in 2006 that the mission in Afghanistan has "been complicated by the overriding focus of U.S. attention and resources on Iraq."
Numerous media outlets that previously highlighted the controversy surrounding the hiring of two bloggers by the presidential campaign of John Edwards failed to note the criticism by the National Jewish Democratic Council of Mitt Romney's choice of venue for his presidential announcement.