In their reports on subpoenas issued by the Senate Judiciary Committee over the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program, media outlets uncritically quoted the White House claim that "[i]t's unfortunate that congressional Democrats continue to choose the route of confrontation" to suggest that Democrats were solely responsible for the committee's action. In fact, three Republicans voted with the Democrats to approve the subpoenas.
During an interview with Michael Bloomberg, CNN's Wolf Blitzer did not take the opportunity to ask Bloomberg about recent reports that "the New York Police Department was secretly monitoring" anti-Bush activists and would-be protesters before and during the Republican National Convention in 2004 "and not just at public events."
In an online chat, David Broder responded to a question asking why "two out of three major networks have decided not to cover" James Comey's testimony about Alberto Gonzales attempting to pressure then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to reauthorize the administration's wiretapping program by claiming that "the coverage of the firing of the US attorneys has been aggressive and extensive, as it should be."
In an April 19 article on the U.S. attorney firings, The Washington Post noted that Milwaukee U.S. attorney Steven Biskupic secured the conviction of a former Wisconsin state employee, which an appeals court later overturned, but it did not mention that the appeals court ordered the former employee released immediately due to lack of evidence. Additionally, the Post suggested that the Bush administration first disclosed that millions of emails, including some about the attorney firings, are missing, when in fact it was Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington that first publicized the issue.