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FOX News Glosses Over GOP Congresswoman Heather Wilson's Involvement In Iglesias/US Attorney Firing Scandal

Reported by Ellen - October 5, 2007 -

Harris Faulkner once again put GOP spin ahead of news in her short news break during tonight’s (10/5/07) Hannity & Colmes. In her brief report on NM Congresswoman Heather Wilson’s announcement that she’ll run for the Senate seat of retiring Pete Domenici, Faulkner omitted mentioning the cloud hanging over their heads: their involvement in the U.S. attorney-firings scandal. Still, Faulkner found time to chirp out enough of Wilson’s platform to sound like a campaign commercial. With video.

Here’s what Faulkner said:

New Mexico Congresswoman Heather Wilson says she will seek the Senate seat of fellow Republican Pete Domenici. Wilson vowing to promote women in government, low taxes, strong national defense and improving education. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee responding to her announcements, saying New Mexicans will reject her record, in part for supporting President Bush’s strategy on Iraq. Domenici, who’s 75, has said he would retire in ’09 following six terms in the Senate. He’s been diagnosed with an incurable brain disease.

Here’s what Faulkner didn’t mention:

Domenici came under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee this year after a watchdog group accused him of trying to pressure David Iglesias, then the U.S. attorney in Albuquerque, N.M., to rush a corruption probe against Democrats to sway the 2006 elections. Iglesias says he believes he was dismissed from his job for resisting Domenici and Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., who both say they did not pressure him. (AP)

The Christian Science Monitor reported last March:

In Albuquerque, Mr. Iglesias last fall received phone calls from Rep. Heather Wilson (R) and Sen. Pete Domenici (R) of New Mexico inquiring as to whether he would soon bring indictments in a politically charged corruption case involving Democrats. Iglesias has written that he felt the calls constituted political pressure, coming as they did shortly before the fall elections.

As The Hill noted,

“(Wilson) also faces the same U.S. Attorney scandal baggage that would have affected Domenici’s reelection campaign.”

Funny how “real journalism, fair and balanced” didn’t find that newsworthy.

Faulkner also didn't mention the Democratic candidate, Don Wiviott, who entered the race months before Wilson.