NOTICE: Since Bill O'Reilly refuses to report anything negative about John McCain, I will use this page to publish articles that show what O'Reilly should be reporting about him, the information a real non-partisan journalist would report. It will also show you why you should not vote for John McCain in November.


O'Reilly Ignored Big McCain Flip Flop Story

4-28-08 -- This story shows that John McCain is a massive flip flopper, and that he just says what the neo-cons want to hear since he started running for president. And it is hypocrisy too, because McCain has attacked Obama and Hillary for taking the same position today, that he had in 2005 before he was running for president.

Yet not a word of it from O'Reilly, then he claims he has been fair to Obama, haha, that's a good one. This story was reported by MSNBC, and the huffingtonpost.com.

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McCain Strongly Rejected Long-Term Iraq Presence: "Bring Them All Home"

When it comes to getting U.S. troops out of Iraq, Sen. John McCain was for the idea before he was against it.

Three years before the Arizona Republican argued on the campaign trail that U.S. forces could be in Iraq for 100 years in the absence of violence, he decried the very concept of a long-term troop presence.

In fact, when asked specifically if he thought the U.S. military should set up shop in Iraq along the lines of what has been established in post-WWII Germany or Japan -- something McCain has repeatedly advocated during the campaign -- the senator offered nothing short of a categorical "no."

"I would hope that we could bring them all home," he said on MSNBC. "I would hope that we would probably leave some military advisers, as we have in other countries, to help them with their training and equipment and that kind of stuff."

Host Chris Matthews pressed McCain on the issue. "You've heard the ideological argument to keep U.S. forces in the Middle East. I've heard it from the hawks. They say, keep United States military presence in the Middle East, like we have with the 7th Fleet in Asia. We have the German...the South Korean component. Do you think we could get along without it?"

McCain held fast, rejecting the very policy he urges today. "I not only think we could get along without it, but I think one of our big problems has been the fact that many Iraqis resent American military presence," he responded. "And I don't pretend to know exactly Iraqi public opinion. But as soon as we can reduce our visibility as much as possible, the better I think it is going to be."

The January 2005 comments, which have not surfaced previously during the presidential campaign, represent a stunning contrast to McCain's current rhetoric.

They also run squarely against his image as having a steadfast, unwavering idea for U.S. policy in Iraq -- and provide further evidence to those, including some prominent GOP foreign policy figures in the "realist" camp, who believe McCain is increasingly adopting policies shared by neoconservatives.

Finally, the comments undercut much of the criticism the senator has launched at his Democratic and even Republican opponents.

On the campaign trail, for example, McCain has accused Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton of a "failure of leadership" by advocating a policy of drawing down troops. But in the MSNBC interview, McCain was arguing that U.S. "visibility" was detrimental to the Iraq mission and that Iraqis were responding negatively to America's presence - positions held by both Obama and Clinton.

Somewhere along the way, McCain's position changed. Perhaps twice. As Think Progress reported, in August 2007, as the troops surge was underway, McCain told the Charlie Rose Show that the Korea model was "exactly" the right template for U.S. forces in Iraq. Only three months later, and on the same show, he completely reversed himself.

"Do you think that this - Korea, South Korea is an analogy of where Iraq might be," Rose asked in November 2007.

"I don't think so," replied McCain.

"Even if there are no casualties?" Rose chimed in.

"No," said McCain. "But I can see an American presence for a while. But eventually I think because of the nature of the society in Iraq and the religious aspects of it that America eventually withdraws."

Then, in the lead up to the New Hampshire primary, the senator famously said that he wouldn't mind seeing the U.S. in Iraq for a hundred years, "as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed." And when his political opponents used that statement against him, McCain responded by saying he was drawing an analogy to the current military presence in Japan, Germany and South Korea.

And yet, when he was asked by Matthews in 2005, if he "would you be happy with [Iraq] being the home of a U.S. garrison" like Germany, McCain again said no.

More John McCain News O'Reilly Has Ignored

4-8-08 -- O'Reilly can not find time to report any of this information about John McCain, but he sure can find a lot of time to spend 3 weeks talking about Obama's Pastor, 12 year old strippers, 13 year old prostitutes, bad plastic surgery, and guys who talk to dogs.

In 1983 John McCain voted against a bill to create a holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Then in 1987 John McCain supported Arizona governor Evan Mecham when he rescinded the holiday in the state. When then-governor Evan Mecham rescinded the holiday, McCain said Mecham was "correct in his decision."

Fast forward 25 years, McCain gives a speech on MLK Jr. day and says he made a mistake when he voted no. So for 25 years he was not sorry, and he only said it was a mistake while he is running for president.

And his support of civil rights issues has been tepid, and at times, offensive. Some highlights:
Honoring the Confederate flag: In 2000, McCain called the flag "offensive." Later, he lauded it as a "battle flag" and a "symbol of heritage."

Honoring racists: In 2000, Richard Quinn, McCain's South Carolina spokesperson in 2000, called the MLK holiday "vitriolic and profane." McCain defended Quinn, calling him a "respected" and fine man, refusing to fire him. McCain?s current campaign has paid the firm Richard Quinn and Associates $180,000.

Skipped African-American debate to campaign: McCain joined Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson in September 2007 in skipping the PBS presidential debate, which featured "a panel exclusively comprised of journalists of color."

McCain expresses regret for his earlier opposition to MLK Day, but his delayed judgment is noteworthy, as the 1983 vote was nearly 15 years after MLK was assassinated. McCain also opposed the 1990 Civil Rights Act.
It's just another flip-flop for McCain, and pandering to the African American vote by saying it was a mistake during his run for president. If he really thought it was a mistake, why did it take 25 years for him to say so, and then only say it while he is running for president.

New GI Bill Follow up: John McCain has still not signed on to the new GI Bill, and O'Reilly has not said a word, even though he said he would call anyone who did not support it out, and name names.

Democratic Senator Jim Webb is leading the charge on a new "21st Century GI Bill" that will dramatically expand the scope of education assistance provided to returning veterans who served after Sept. 11. While John McCain has thus far declined to support Webb's bill.

In an interview, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), who supports the bill, explained McCain's absence:
We have talked to John, Hagel said, which would remove the buy-in cost for veterans to receive greater education benefits. John as you know has been involved in other pursuits. He has taken a close look at it, his people are. Both Webb and I had hoped he would get on it. Obviously Obama is on it and Clinton, three out of four Vietnam veterans in the Senate are on it, people like John Warner and James Inhofe are on it.
Indeed, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have both co-sponsored Webb's bill even though they also have been "involved in other pursuits."



Will O'Reilly Call McCain Out on New GI Bill?

  • 4-3-08 -- During the 2-8-08 O'Reilly Factor, Billy said "Tonight we have a major announcement, and that is a new GI bill is needed in the country. And we will work hard to make that happen this year."
    O'REILLY: The Factor" has partnered up with Senator John Kerry in the Senate and Congressman Peter King in the House to forward legislation that will reward our fighting men and women when they leave the service.

    Enough is enough. It's long past time to expand the GI bill to give vets more health, education and housing benefits. That is the right thing to do and would help recruiting, which the country desperately needs.
    O'Reilly said he was going to call out anyone in Congress who did not get on board with this new GI bill, he said he would name names.

    As of today (4-3-08) John McCain has not supported the bill. The only way to ensure Senate passage of the GI Bill is to get 60 co-sponsors. more than 50 Senators -- including many Republicans -- have already signed on as co-sponsors.

    And yet, surprisingly, one of those Senators who has not yet offered his support is John McCain.

    The Bush administration has also resisted the legislation. White House officials say that giving soldiers such an strong incentive to leave the armed forces would result in low retention rates. Soldiers sign up and -- after two years -- leave the army in droves to get their free education.

    Will O'Reilly call out the Bush administration for their lack of support?

    Will O'Reilly call out McCain for his lack of support?

    Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both support the bill, can you imagine what O'Reilly would say if they did not support it. Billy would do a week of shows on it and hammer them hard. Yet (as of today) the Bush administration and John McCain have not supported it, and O'Reilly has not said a word about it.

    I am guessing he meant he'd only call out only the "liberals" who might not be on board. Billy has been giving McCain a huge pass while criticizing Obama and Clinton every night. Is he going to give McCain a pass on this issue too? Even after he said he would call out anyone who did not support the bill.

    What say you Billy?



    O'Reilly Ignoring McCain Flip-Flops

    4-1-08 -- Remember back to 2003 when John Kerry ran against George W. Bush for president. Kerry had changed his positions on a couple issues and he was branded a flip-flopper by the media, and especially by the Republicans in the media and Congress.

    O'Reilly, Hannity, Rush, etc. used the flip-flopper term to describe Kerry 24/7 for months, they hammered it day and night non-stop. Fast forward to 2008, have you seen O'Reilly, or anyone in the media, or any Republicans use the word flip-flopper to describe John McCain.

    Of course not, and O'Reilly has not said a word about any of the McCain flip-flops, when he hammered Kerry more than anyone for his flip-flops.

    Here is a list of McCain flip-flops:
    -- McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain said if he were a "read my lips" candidate, no new taxes, no matter what referring to George H.W. Bush's 1988 pledge. "No new taxes," McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, "I'm not making a read my lips statement, in that I will not raise taxes."

    -- McCain's campaign unveiled a Social Security policy that the senator would implement if elected, which did not include a Bush-like privatization scheme. In March 2008, McCain denounced his own campaign's policy.

    -- In February 2008, McCain abandoned his opposition to waterboarding.

    -- In November 2007, McCain reversed his previous position on a long-term presence for U.S. troops in Iraq, arguing that the "nature of the society in Iraq" and the religious aspects of the country make it inevitable that the United States "eventually withdraws." Two months later, McCain reversed back, saying he's prepared to leave U.S. troops in Iraq for 100 years.

    -- McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty's behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.

    -- McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants kids who graduate from high school. Now he's against it.

    -- On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own legislation.

    -- In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving "feedback" on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.

    -- McCain said before the war in Iraq, "We will win this conflict. We will win it easily." Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was "probably going to be long and hard and tough."

    -- McCain said he was the "greatest critic" of Rumsfeld's failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as "a mission accomplished." In March 2004, he said, "I'm confident we're on the right course." In December 2005, he said, "Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course." -- McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.

    -- McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage should not be allowed.

    -- McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as "an agent of intolerance" in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans "deserved" the 9/11 attacks.

    -- McCain used to oppose Bush's tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February 2008.

    -- On a related note, he said in 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were "too tilted to the wealthy." By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and insisted he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.

    -- In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending "dirty money" to help finance Bush's presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

    -- McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.

    -- McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it.

    -- McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

    -- McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he's pro-ethanol.

    -- McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

    -- McCain decided in 2000 that he didn't want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he "would taint the image of the Straight Talk Express." Kissinger is now the Honorary Co-Chair for his presidential campaign in New York.
    Here is the main point: John McCain was consistent on most of these issues, right up until he started running for president, at which point he conveniently abandoned almost every position he used to hold. The problem isn't just the flip-flops; it's the shameless pandering and hollow convictions behind the flip-flops.

    Another Reason Why You Should Not Vote For John McCain

    3-26-08 -- While others sought to prevent the emerging credit crisis, McCain has sat on his hands. In fact, on Feb. 17, McCain told ABC's This Week that a government fund "to help borrowers who are facing foreclosure on their homes" isn't necessary.

    Both House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) have already unveiled serious legislative proposals to stabilize the shaky housing market. Either McCain is oblivious to these plans, or he has already decided that he's not going to bother to "examine" and "evaluate" them.

    McCain has consistently voted against mortgage protections and other steps to help consumers fight unfair credit terms. A look at his record:
    -- McCain failed to sign on to the Predatory Lending Consumer Protection Act. In 2003, McCain failed to add his name to this legislation, which was intended to "protect consumers against predatory practices." The bill, which was endorsed by a host of civil rights and housing advocates, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors, ACORN, and the Consumer Federation of America. [S. 1928, 11/21/03]

    -- McCain voted against discouraging predatory lending practices. In 2005, McCain voted against an amendment prohibiting law-breaking high-cost predatory mortgage lenders from collecting funds from homeowners who are forced into bankruptcy court. [S. 256, 3/03/05]

    -- McCain failed to sign on to Truth in Lending Act. Less than four months ago, McCain failed to sign on to this bipartisan initiative providing protection to consumers taking out home mortgage loans. Among other measures, it was designed to "establish new lending standards to ensure that loans are affordable and fair." McCain also refused to co-sponsor this legislation in the 107th Congress as well. [S. 2452, 12/12/2007]

    -- McCain failed to vote on bill to overhaul mortgage lending practices of FHA.In 2007, McCain failed to vote on passage of a bill that would overhaul the mortgage lending practices of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The bill would reduce the required minimum down payment for an FHA-insured loan and simplify its calculation, requiring a flat 1.5 percent of the appraised value of the home. [S. 2338, 12/14/07]
    Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton was unimpressed with McCain's "solutions":
    It's deeply troubling that John McCain is suggesting that the best way to address the housing crisis is to sit back and watch it happen – which is just further evidence that he would continue President Bush's failed economic policies.

    Barack Obama believes that the job of a president is to lead—and that's why he'll work to help struggling homeowners and lenders rework existing subprime loans into affordable long-term fixed loans, create a foreclosure prevention fund to help keep Americans in their homes, close the bankruptcy loophole for mortgage companies, provide a tax credit for the interest on new mortgages, fight mortgage fraud at every level, and require that borrowers have access to accurate information about their mortgage options.
    And let's not forget this, McCain has a long history of worrying more about the financial welfare of the savings and loan institutions at the expense of the depositors. Democrats should remind the public of this every time McCain, the economy, regulation and the mortgage crisis is brought up in the months ahead before the election.

    When Will O'Reilly Report McCain Ties to Lobbyists

    3-24-08 -- My guess would be, never. But if by some miracle O'Reilly ever does report it, I will post about it here. Here is a story from the Monday March 24th, 2008 USA Today Newspaper.

    Telecom lobbyists Tied to McCain

    WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate John McCain has condemned the influence of "special interest lobbyists," yet dozens of lobbyists have political and financial ties to his presidential campaign -- particularly from telecommunications companies, an industry he helps oversee in the Senate.

    Of the 66 current or former lobbyists working for the Arizona senator or raising money for his presidential campaign, 23 have lobbied for telecommunications companies in the past decade, Senate lobbying disclosures show.

    McCain has netted about $765,000 in political donations from those telecom lobbyists, their spouses, colleagues at their firms and their telecom clients during the past decade, a USA TODAY analysis of campaign-finance records shows.

    It's unclear how much more money those lobbyists have raised for McCain. Eighteen of them are listed by the campaign as "bundlers," which are major fundraisers. McCain doesn't disclose how much each bundler has raised — unlike Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, who categorize their bundlers by the amount they raise. For example, Clinton's "Hillraisers" have brought in more than $100,000 each.

    McCain says restrictions on lobbyists and campaign donations create the appearance of corruption. "It is no coincidence that the most influential lobbyists with the greatest access in the nation's Capitol are also the most prolific political fundraisers," McCain says on his campaign website.

    Then McCain hires 66 lobbyists to run his campaign and raise money for him. And some of these lobbyists work for companies that he can decide what happens to their clients, as a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the telecom industry and the Federal Communications Commission. Damien LaVera said McCain is taking a "'Do as I say, not as I do' approach to campaign finance, ethics and lobbying reform."

    Fullo Story Here:

    www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-03-23-mccainlobbyists.htm

    Yet O'Reilly never says a word about any of it.



    O'Reilly Has Totally Ignored Hagee Endorsment of McCain

    3-23-08 -- O'Reilly has hammered Barack Obama every night (almost the entire 60 minute show) for over a week, on the statements made by Obama's Pastor. Yet he has not said a word about the endorsment of McCain's Pastor John Hagee.

    In the New York Times Magazine this weekend, controversial Pastor John Hagee tells Deborah Solomon that, "it's true that John McCain's campaign sought my endorsement." In the interview, "Hagee refused to discuss his statement that Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for a gay rights parade in New Orleans."

    O'Reilly and most of the media, including MSNBC and CNN have ignored the statements made by Pastor Hagee, even though they are racist, homophobic, and crazy. Here are some of his comments.

    On February 27, John Hagee, founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas -- has made numerous controversial statements about, homosexuality, Islam, Catholicism, and women -- endorsed Sen. John McCain for president. Following Hagee's endorsement, McCain said, "All I can tell you is I'm very proud to have pastor Hagee's support."

    On the September 18, 2006, edition of National Public Radio's Fresh Air, host Terry Gross said to Hagee, "You said after Hurricane Katrina that it was an act of God, and you said 'when you violate God's will long enough, the judgment of God comes to you. She then asked, "Do you still think that Katrina is punishment from God for a society that's becoming like Sodom and Gomorrah?" Hagee responded:
    HAGEE: All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are -- were recipients of the judgment of God for that. The newspaper carried the story in our local area that was not carried nationally that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades.

    So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing. I know that there are people who demur from that, but I believe that the Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment. And I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.
    An article in the San Antonio Express-News reported that Hagee was going to "meet with black religious leaders privately at an unspecified future date to discuss comments he made in his newsletter about a 'slave sale,' an East Side minister said Wednesday." The Express-News reported:
    Hagee, pastor of the 16,000-member Cornerstone Church, last week had announced a "slave sale" to raise funds for high school seniors in his church bulletin, "The Cluster."

    The item was introduced with the sentence "Slavery in America is returning to Cornerstone" and ended with "Make plans to come and go home with a slave."
    A July 27, 2006, Wall Street Journal article about Hagee noted the incident:
    To help students seeking odd jobs, his church newsletter, The Cluster, advertised a "slave" sale. "Slavery in America is returning to Cornerstone," it said. "Make plans to come and go home with a slave." Mr. Hagee apologized but, in a radio interview, protested about pressure to be "politically correct" and joked that perhaps his pet dog should be called a "canine American."
    On February 28, Michael D. Shear reported at the washingtonpost.com election blog The Trail that Catholic League President Bill Donohue "today blasted Sen. John McCain for accepting the endorsement of Texas evangelicalist John Hagee, calling the controversial pastor a bigot who has 'waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church.'

    Calling Hagee a "bigot," Donahue said he has waged "an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church" by calling it The Great Whore, an apostate church, the anti-Christ, and a false cult system." Shear also reported that Donohue said: "Senator Obama has repudiated the endorsement of Louis Farrakhan, another bigot. McCain should follow suit and retract his embrace of Hagee."

    Hagee holds many other radical beliefs. In a 2006 address to CUFI, Hagee declared:
    The United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God's plan for both Israel and the West....a biblically prophesied end-time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture, Tribulation, and Second Coming of Christ.
    Talk about a nut, this Hagee thinks that God wants the USA and Israel to turn Iran into a parking lot, and that if they do Christ will be re-born. And John McCain is honored to have an endorsment from this wacko. What does that say about John McCain?

    And what does it say about Bill O'Reilly? This Pastor Hagee should be locked up in a mental institution and never let out. And yet Bill O'Reilly has not reported one word about the Hagee endorsment of McCain on the factor, let alone do a week of shows about it.



    NEW REPORT: McCain Adopts 'Entire' Norquist Agenda, Will Double The Bush Tax Cuts

    3-22-08 -- Everyone knows that John McCain has reversed himself on the Bush tax cuts, which he once said came "at the expense of middle-class Americans." What's not yet well known is that McCain has offered his own massive tax cuts, mostly for corporations, that are as costly as Bush's tax cuts and even more regressive.

    McCain has won the heart of far-right tax activist Grover Norquist, who only three years ago was calling McCain "the nut-job from Arizona" and a "gun-grabbing, tax-increasing Bolshevik." But here's what Norquist says about McCain now:
    John McCain campaigned on being very good on taxes in this election cycle. that he will continue to make [the Bush tax cuts] permanent, that he will veto any tax increase, period, that he wants to cut the corporate rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, that he wants to have full expensing, that he wants to abolish the AMT. In addition to being the Americans for Tax Reform's entire agenda, that is a very pro-growth set of policies he has put forward, and he articulates why they are important.
    The McCain plan may please Norquist, but what does it mean for middle-class families? According to a new analysis released today by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, McCain's new proposals would do the following:
    -- Double the size of the Bush tax cuts, costing more than $2 trillion in their first decade.

    -- Do virtually nothing for the middle class: only 12 percent of the tax cuts will go to the bottom 80 percent of households, while 58 percent will go to the top 1 percent of households.

    -- Follow Norquist's blueprint that's been called a "stealth approach to tax reform" -- and that aims to abandon progressive taxation in favor of a wage tax imposed mainly on low- and middle-income households.
    McCain's Iran/al Qaeda 'Mistake'

    3-18-08 -- Today, Sen. John McCain said that Iranian operatives are "taking al-Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back" -- despite the fact that Iran is a Shiite nation and al Qaeda are Sunni fighters. Responding to reports of McCain's factually inaccurate claim, the McCain campaign released a statement attempting to paint the senator's fundamental error as an isolated slip of the tongue:
    In a press conference today, John McCain misspoke and immediately corrected himself by stating that Iran is in fact supporting radical Islamic extremists in Iraq, not Al Qaeda -- as the transcript shows. Democrats have launched political attacks today because they know the American people have deep concerns about their candidates judgment and readiness to lead as commander in chief.
    The fact that McCain made identical remarks on Hugh Hewitt's radio show as well makes it clear McCain did not simply "misspeak." What's more, McCain corrected himself only after Sen. Joe Lieberman "stepped forward and whispered in the presidential candidate's ear."

    The video shows that McCain repeated the inaccurate claim twice during the same press conference, bringing his total number of "misspeaks" to three.

    In a later interview on NBC, McCain dismissed criticism of his multiple false claims that Iranian operatives are "taking al-Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back" by claiming that he "corrected it immediately."

    Just as McCain’s initial assertion about Iran training al Qaeda was false, his claim that he "corrected it immediately" is also false. In fact, McCain made the claim at least three times on two separate occasions. He corrected himself only after the third utterance when Sen. Joe Lieberman whispered in his ear.

    While NBC aired only a snippet of the interview, in the full video, which is posted online, McCain also played the common conservative game of using "intentionally deceptive language" to blur the differences between groups with different goals and ideologies in order to create the illusion of a united Islamofascist enemy.

    Making a false claim and then making it again is the opposite of correcting it immediately. It's also the opposite of straight talk. McCain also made a broad assertion of collusion between al Qaeda and Iran in February 2008, which is also false.

    And not a word about any of this has ever been reported on the factor by Bill O'Reilly.

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    NOTE: I have listed some problems here about John McCain, a real journalist would report on them, yet none of it has been reported by Bill O'Reilly on the factor. If O'Reilly ever does attack McCain for anything, I will publish them here, but dont hold your breath waiting.