Sunday, August 26, 2007

Media Matters for America, August 26, 2007

Schieffer falsely claimed Clinton is "saying ... maybe the surge is working"

On Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer claimed that Sen. Hillary Clinton is "saying it looks like ... maybe the surge is working in the sense that there is less violence there." But as Media Matters for America has repeatedly noted, Clinton actually said: "We've begun to change tactics in Iraq, and in some areas, particularly in Al Anbar province, it's working. ... We're just years too late changing our tactics. We can't ever let that happen again." Read more

AP, ABC's Tapper reported on Giuliani's tax cut plans, but not how he would pay for them

Reporting on Rudy Giuliani's tax cut proposals, the Associated Press and ABC News' Jake Tapper gave no indication that they asked Giuliani or that Giuliani had spoken about how he would make up for the decrease in revenue that would result from enacting his proposals.
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MSNBC's Carlson called NAACP "a sad joke that should be shut down"

On the August 24 edition of MSNBC's Tucker, while discussing reports that NFL player Michael Vick had pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges related to dogfighting, host Tucker Carlson asserted that the NAACP "has come out officially to defend Michael Vick against these charges, saying that they're racially motivated." Carlson, who described the NAACP as "a faithful arm really of the Democratic Party," went on to ask his guests, radio talk show host Ed Schultz and Democratic strategist Stephanie Cutter: "Will the Democratic Party take a position in favor or on the side of Michael Vick, do you think? ... Do you see the Democratic candidates coming out in favor of dogfighting?"

After Shultz responded that "it's a stretch to try to connect them to something like this," Carlson stated: "[O]f course, it's a ... it is a stretch, and I'm half joking."He later said, as blogger Lane Hudson noted, "I don't understand why people take the NAACP seriously," adding that, "at this point," the NAACP is "a sad joke that should be shut down I think immediately for the sake of everybody." Read more

Meet the Press panelists did not mention reports rebutting Engel's claim that troops would be "furious" in event of troop draw down

On Meet the Press, NBC News' Richard Engel asserted that "if you pull back the troops, the troops themselves are going to be furious. They have done so much and worked so hard ... that if you start pulling them back ... they're going to be livid." However, neither host Tim Russert nor other guests mentioned recent reports indicating that some members of the military would not be opposed to drawing down troop levels in Iraq. Read more

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