On NBC's Nightly News, correspondent Chip Reid reported that senators "called for a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales perjured himself on matters ranging from the administration's domestic eavesdropping to the firing of U.S. attorneys," but he did not repeat any of the testimony Gonzales gave that the senators alleged were false or misleading, nor did he note FBI Director Robert Mueller's July 26 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, which called Gonzales' testimony into question.
Evening news programs on ABC and CBS made no mention that federal agents raided the homes of Rep. Curt Weldon's (R-PA) daughter and her business partner, as well as four additional locations, as part of a reported investigation into whether Weldon improperly assisted their company. NBC's Nightly News did report on the raids, but NBC devoted equal time to Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's announcement that he would issue updated disclosure forms to add more details of a land transaction, without noting a key difference: There are no allegations that Reid used his office to benefit from the land deal.
A Media Matters for America review of 12 reports on network evening news broadcasts covering President Bush's speeches and statements on Iraq, terrorism, and national security policy in the week preceding September 11 showed that the reports included responses from just five Democratic officials.
NBC's Chip Reid contrasted the position of Democrats "who think we ought to get the troops out now" with the position of those "who think we ought to have a very carefully thought-out plan for getting them out down the road, but not cutting and running." Reid added that "it is amazing how angry" the "liberal anti-war wing of the Democratic Party" gets at Sen. Joseph Lieberman for defending President Bush.