Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Media Matters for America, August 28, 2007

Wash. Times' Curl falsely claimed that Obama and Clinton "declared surge to be 'working' "

In an August 27 article, Washington Times reporter Joseph Curl falsely asserted that Sens. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) "declared the surge to be 'working' and backed away from calls for immediate withdrawal" from Iraq. In fact, neither senator asserted that President Bush's troop increase in Iraq is "working," and both have sponsored legislation that would require a gradual -- not immediate -- withdrawal of U.S. troops from
Iraq. Read more

Fox News' John Gibson's "interpretation" of Clinton comment: "Hillary makes a deal with Al Qaeda"

Fox News' John Gibson stated that it "appears" a comment Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton made at an August 23 campaign event about the potential consequences of another terrorist attack "was sending this signal, as they say, to Al Qaeda, that it would, it would not be smart to attack the United States of America before the election." Gibson went on to assert that "Hillary makes a deal with Al Qaeda." Read more

NY Times ignored evidence that Thompson overlooked GOP wrongdoing in Senate inquiry

A New York Times article, which reported on Fred Thompson's leadership of a 1997 Governmental Affairs Committee investigation into campaign finance irregularities, uncritically quoted Thompson saying of the hearings, "[T]here was no way that I was going to shield any obvious problems that our side had." However, according to a New York Times article published at the time, Republicans shut down the hearings before Democrats were able to introduce evidence linking Republican lawmakers to Triad Management, a fundraising group that Democrats claimed had skirted campaign finance laws. Read more

Olbermann named Limbaugh "Worst Person" for claiming Dems are interested in Darfur for electoral reasons

Keith Olbermann named Rush Limbaugh the "winner" of his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for claiming that Democratic opponents of the Iraq war have focused on the genocide in Darfur in order to secure a percentage of the black "voting bloc." Olbermann also named Bill O'Reilly the "runner-up" for telling "his cable audience, quote, 'We know that journalists, most journalists, give money to Democrats.' " Olbermann asserted: "Not really, no. The report said that most journalists who do give money to political groups give that money to Democrats. But the report only found 127 American journalists who had given money to Democrats out of about 100,000." Read more

Fineman's strawman: Dems advocate leaving Iraq "overnight"

On Countdown, Newsweek chief political correspondent Howard Fineman asserted that "[t]he problem that the Democrats have got, indeed, that all America has got, is that having gone into Iraq the way we did, there is, in the opinion of many fair-minded observers, chaos and hell to pay if we get out overnight." While Fineman did not specify which "Democrats" have advocated withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq "overnight," Democrats support several plans that call for a "gradual" withdrawal or a "phased redeployment" of U.S. troops from Iraq, with some troops remaining in Iraq for specified missions after the withdrawal of most combat troops. Read more

Hannity refused to disavow Ted Nugent's slurs against Obama and Clinton

On the August 24 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, co-host Sean Hannity aired video footage of musician and right-wing activist Ted Nugent at an August 21 concert calling Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) a "piece of shit" and referring to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) as a "worthless bitch." In the video clip, Nugent holds up what appear to be two assault rifles and says he told Obama "to suck on my machine gun" and says he told Clinton "you might want to ride one of these into the sunset."

After airing the clip, Hannity referred to Nugent as a "friend and frequent guest on the program," and then compared Nugent's comments to recent statements by Obama, which Hannity again distorted by claiming Obama "accus[ed] our troops of killing civilians." Hannity then asked Democratic strategist Bob Beckel: "What's more offensive to you? Is it Barack Obama's statement about our troops or Ted Nugent?" Beckel responded by asking Hannity if he was "prepared to disavow this lowlife," to which Hannity responded: "No, I like Ted Nugent. He's a friend of mine." When Beckel said that Nugent "ought to never come on your show again, and if you have him on, you ought to be ashamed of yourself," Hannity responded: "Not at all. We have you on." Read more

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