Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Bill Scher

Another 0-for-3 day for the Watchdog.

Neither Secretary of State Condi Rice nor Sen. John McCain were asked if the continued White House support for Pakistan’s dictator Pervez Musharraf shows that its foreign policy does not promote democracy or defeat terrorism.

Instead, both portrayed Musharraf as a positive force for Pakistan. On ABC’s This Week, Rice claimed “Pakistan is a country that has come a long way from 1999 and the military coup,” as if a fresh crackdown on political opponents constitutes some sort of democratic progress.

On Fox News Sunday, McCain praised Musharraf as someone who “came to power to replace a failed state,” not someone who took power from a democratically-elected leader in a coup. He then said he would continue sending US taxpayer dollars to Musharraf.

Over on CBS’ Face The Nation, former Gov. Mike Huckabee was not asked about his false assertion that most of the founding fathers of Ameria were clergymen.

And on NBC’s Meet The Press, while Sen. Barack Obama was asked about Social Security, the exchange on both sides was based on the inaccurate premise that the program is in dire straits and requires major changes.

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