I may have missed it, but I'm fairly certain CBS hasn't compared Pelosi liberals to any mass-murdering communist regime. Nor did CBS offer any weekend poetry for Pelosi. In fact, in one Saturday morning report, CBS correspondent Joie Chen couldn't even find liberalism anywhere, just progress. She's a "milestone" as the first female speaker of the House, basking in a "landmark" moment, and "she has a history of crashing barriers." She was the only daughter in a Baltimore political family who "recalls a determined little sister." Her brother insisted she was a "trailblazer."
Was she a threat? Apparently, only if you were a meanie. Chen concluded that "she vows to use her mother-of-five voice to keep unruly politicians in line." For CBS, Gingrich was a horror flick, and still is, while Pelosi is a heart-warming Hallmark movie of the week.
Pelosi is just our First Female, and the Honorable Speaker/Grandma. What about her political agenda? To listen to the media, Pelosi's extreme liberalism is merely a fiction painted by Republicans. It doesn't actually exist.
On NBC's "Today" show, co-host Meredith Vieira approached swearing-in day with undisguised joy at the Pelosi takeover. "I'm excited, as a woman, to see that happen." It nicely matched then-NBC co-host Katie Couric greeting Pelosi's arrival as minority leader in 2002 with a "You go, girl!" on NBC's airwaves. But could you imagine that much joy if the first female speaker had been a Republican? Or even just a pro-lifer?
All this joy was quite a contrast to swearing-in day in 1995. Some of us cannot forget the "Today" hysterics from Bryant Gumbel. In an interview with minority leader Dick Gephardt, he asked: "You called Gingrich and his ilk, your words, 'trickle-down terrorists who base their agenda on division, exclusion and fear.' Do you think middle-class Americans are in need of protection from that group?"
The worst part of all of this is that reporters in the dawn of 1995 actually believed Gingrich and his ilk were receiving fair coverage. Isn't that what they always claim? (ABC's John Cochran even dared to say Gingrich received "very positive press.") Apparently, it was and is fair to compare Republicans to terrorists and mass murderers. One wonders what they would say if allowed to deliver their unrestrained opinions.
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