Democrat Blasts Republicans for 'Intimidating News Media'

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - Two Republican lawmakers, Rep. Christopher Cox of California and Rep Roy Blunt of Missouri, are formally complaining about CBS News's reporting on George W. Bush's National Guard record.

"We are writing to express our dismay that CBS has become part of a campaign to deceive the public and to defame the president," Blunt wrote in a letter to CBS, which was signed by 39 congressional colleagues.

Blunt wants CBS to retract the story.

Rep. Christopher Cox wrote a letter to Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications, asking him to investigate "the continued use by CBS News of apparently forged of documents concerning the service record of President George W. Bush intended to unfairly damage his reputation and influence the outcome of the 2004 presidential election."

"Despite the growing abundance of evidence that CBS News has aided and abetted fraud, the network has declined to reveal the source of the disputed documents. USA Today possesses the same documents, obtained independently from a person representing them to be authentic, and likewise is refusing to disclose his identity," Cox said in the letter to Upton.

According to Thursday's Washington Post, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has rejected Cox's call for a congressional probe of CBS.

So has House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who -- according to Thursday's Washington Times -- lashed out at Republicans for going after CBS.

"The Republicans' latest attempt to intimidate the news media is a waste of taxpayer money and an egregious example of how this Republican House only exercises its oversight responsibility for partisan political reasons," the Washington Times quoted the California Democrat as saying.

"Clearly, Republicans will stop at nothing to distract the public from their miserable record," Pelosi added.

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