To believe that the press would now shine that civility spotlight on Pelosi would be to forget one important network-news rule: Democrats are incapable of gaffes. How much coverage did the big morning and evening news shows provide of Pelosi's reckless and mean-spirited remarks? ABC had none. CBS morning and evening stories buried the remarks in a story on Bush speaking to the GOP on Capitol Hill, and those took a less offensive snippet from Pelosi: "The emperor has no clothes. When are people going to face the reality? Pull this curtain back."
Credit Tom Brokaw, at least on this story, because his little anchor brief captured the essence of the remarks: "Especially harsh criticism today of President Bush by one of the leading Democrats in Congress. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California charged that the president's action in Iraq show what she called his incompetence and that his bad decisions have resulted in the deaths of American troops." But even NBC went from there to a full story on how Republicans like Speaker Dennis Hastert don't show enough love to John McCain -- and bingo, we're back to Republican haters again.
But the networks aren't the only media outlets that buried the Pelosi outrage. The New York Times submerged it into the bottom of a story on page A-18. The Washington Post also wrapped it at the bottom of an inside-the-paper story. USA Today didn't even notice in the same week, getting to a mention on the following Monday.
Mrs. Pelosi wants to be Speaker, and the liberal Democrats are trying to paint her as a president-in-waiting. In the new American Prospect magazine, Rep. David Obey called Pelosi "our Maggie Thatcher. She's tough as hell -- and has a very nice style to her." If Pelosi has such an impressive style, then why are the partisan media trying to stick her in the attic? Why not showcase this rhetoric for all of America to see?
The public deserves to hear the words, and see the face, of the hate-filled Left.
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