In their reports on Sen. Pete Domenici's acknowledgement that he had called former New Mexico U.S. attorney David Iglesias in October 2006 to ask about the status of an investigation into a Democratic state senator, The New York Times and National Public Radio did not mention Domenici's original claim that he "ha[d] no idea" what Iglesias was "talking about."
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Many news reports on the firing of eight U.S. attorneys have suggested political interference in the justice system, but none of the broadcast networks' evening news programs has even mentioned the case.
Catherine Herridge uncritically repeated an assertion by Justice Department officials that seven U.S. attorneys were fired recently because of "performance-related issues." But in testimony before a Senate committee, Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty conceded that performance played no role in at least one of those cases. Moreover, at least five reportedly received positive job reviews before being fired.