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NYT: Pelosi ‘Stumble’ Rare, No Big Deal

From the shameless lickspittle slaveys at the New York Times:


In Detainee Furor, a Rare Stumble by Pelosi

By CARL HULSE

May 16, 2009

WASHINGTON — After many failed efforts, Republicans have finally found a weak spot in Nancy Pelosi’s political armor as a fight over detainee interrogations engulfs Ms. Pelosi, Republicans and intelligence officials…

Lawmakers and senior government officials say the public furor could also give momentum to the push for an inquiry into the Bush administration’s interrogation policies as well as into what senior members of Congress knew about the treatment of detainees. In his statement, Mr. Panetta said it would ultimately be “up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened.”

As for the speaker, she no doubt faces a difficult period. But few think the sharp focus on the interrogation matter is a serious threat to the authority of Ms. Pelosi, a powerful figure who weathered previous Republican assaults with hardly a scratch.

“It is an embarrassment,” said Ross K. Baker, an expert on Congress at Rutgers University, “and clearly nobody wants to be embarrassed, particularly a speaker of the House. But other than that, there is nothing here that threatens her job.” …

The furor surrounding Ms. Pelosi’s claim that she was misled has obscured one undisputed fact about the briefings. The Sept. 4, 2002, session, the first given to anyone in Congress on the so-called enhanced interrogation methods, came weeks after the C.I.A. had started to use the methods. Even if Ms. Pelosi had taken action, it is doubtful it would have averted the firestorm about torture that was to come.

Fellow Democrats say they support the speaker, and they will probably become more united as she faces attacks from polarizing opponents like Newt Gingrich, who lashed out at the speaker on Friday, or faces calls from the right to step down. The Democrats say her predicament shows the perils of classified briefings, which can handcuff those who attend if they hear something objectionable.

Since Ms. Pelosi became speaker in 2007, Republicans have repeatedly sought to undercut her, questioning her use of government aircraft and accusing her of aiding pet interests and of acting high-handedly. But the assaults had gained little traction before this latest episode, and with their fortunes down, Republicans are doing what they can to keep the issue alive

What a typical, and by that we mean absolute appalling, piece of propaganda from the New York Times.

“A rare stumble”? Ms. Pelosi has had more stumbles than a Keystone Cop silent movie. Worse yet, she has regularly fallen flat on her surgically taut face.

Remember, Ms. Pelosi pronounced the surge a complete failure and the war in Iraq lost – just for starters.

Lawmakers and senior government officials say the public furor could also give momentum to the push for an inquiry into the Bush administration’s interrogation policies

Ah, yes. Leave it to the New York Times to decide that Ms. Pelosi’s Botox-faced lies require a truth commission to investigate the Bush administration’s crimes against humanity.

Mr. Panetta said it would ultimately be “up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened.”

But this paragraph takes the biscuit:

The furor surrounding Ms. Pelosi’s claim that she was misled has obscured one undisputed fact about the briefings. The Sept. 4, 2002, session, the first given to anyone in Congress on the so-called enhanced interrogation methods, came weeks after the C.I.A. had started to use the methods. Even if Ms. Pelosi had taken action, it is doubtful it would have averted the firestorm about torture that was to come.

Even for the New York Time this is a laughable attempt to minimize the damage to (and by) their boss.

But you can’t say they aren’t trying.

(Thanks to Xdannyh for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “NYT: Pelosi ‘Stumble’ Rare, No Big Deal”

  1. caligirl9 says:

    This is the third sentence in a related article in the SF Chron (Nancy’s “home paper”):

    GOP could use Pelosi torture woes against Obama

    …Ironically, the controversy has come down to a credibility test pitting Pelosi, whose modus operandi has never been known to include lying, against the Central Intelligence Agency, an institution deeply damaged by the use of flawed intelligence to invade Iraq and now on the defensive for its use of torture…

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/05/16/MN8J17L6JP.DTL

    LOL Nancy’s never been known to lie? She’s a politician. They do that. She’s a dem and they seem to do it worse, at least when it best fits their needs to prove a point.

  2. proreason says:

    The worst news for Stretch is that The Moron has already thrown her under the bus.

    Because it would have been a historic act of courage for Panetta to call her a liar in print without the explicit approval of the Mob bosses in the WH.

    And we all know what kind of courage liberals have.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    “No big deal, huh?”

    We will see!!

  4. Gila Monster says:

    In his statement, Mr. Panetta said it would ultimately be “up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened.”

    Absolutely unbelievable..!! This Slimes a**clown Carl Hulse is using a select portion of Panetta’s statement completely out of context.

    Here is Panetta’s complete statement, released yesterday. From Glenn Thrush over at Politico;

    Message from the Director: Turning Down the Volume

    There is a long tradition in Washington of making political hay out of our business. It predates my service with this great institution, and it will be around long after I’m gone. But the political debates about interrogation reached a new decibel level yesterday when the CIA was accused of misleading Congress.

    Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our values. As the Agency indicated previously in response to Congressional inquiries, our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing “the enhanced techniques that had been employed.” Ultimately, it is up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened.

    My advice — indeed, my direction — to you is straightforward: ignore the noise and stay focused on your mission. We have too much work to do to be distracted from our job of protecting this country.

    We are an Agency of high integrity, professionalism, and dedication. Our task is to tell it like it is — even if that’s not what people always want to hear. Keep it up. Our national security depends on it.

    http://tinyurl.com/ojoufw

    There you go. Doesn’t have quite the same meaning Hulse intended, when you read the entire statement. right? What a douche-bag journalistic hack..!!

    Panetta’s stock just went up several points in my book for backing his people and standing up to that lyin’ insufferable she-hag Piglosi.

  5. Howard Roark says:

    The NYT is capable of protecting even the worst of mankind’s Frankensteins: the NYT and CNN were the only American news outfits to remain in Baghdad after the First Gulf War concluded, despite the fact that Saddam Hussein forced all news agencies to first submit their stories to him for approval. That is why even anti-American Reuters, UPI, et al left Iraq, refusing to kowtow to what amounted to censorship of the highest kind.

    But The Grey Old Lady saw nothing wrong with carrying the water for the monster who was feeding innocents into woodchippers while their families watched, as they see nothing wrong with shielding this Tokyo Rose we know of as Nancy Pelosi.

    • proreason says:

      The synapses of the Slimes “reporters” were scrubbed clean by the same people that Ayers swooned for decades ago.

      They are so far in the tank for the overthrow of this republic that they don’t even know it themselves. They think opposition to every American institution and tradition is partriotism.

      100% brainwashed.

    • Howard Roark says:

      Right on, PR.

      Alas, we will see their treasonous body kept alive on life support through yet another stimulous package from Barry et al. They are already Pravda, but soon we will all be paying tax dollars to read the official daily party line.

  6. jdamn says:

    If I were a 6th grade teacher and that article were an essay I would send it back for horrendous punctuation. Any semblance of standards at the NYT has completely gone out the window, and not just in terms of content. It’s like it’s written by a bunch reform-school sophomores.

  7. woodmanthered says:

    It is like I woke up a year ago in the twilite zone. The major news don’t put any news except pro democrat and Obama news out. Everything that demo’s do is fine. Things that just a few years ago would force you out of politics. It’s really unbelieveable, that tax cheats, lairs, sexual preverts, socialist fill our WH. This lady should just resign, but we know that her sick partners are going to rally around her and protect her from the terrible people of this country that expect wrong to be punished and right to be rewarded. I’m glad I live in the country and don’t run into many people from other countries because I’m embrassed of the people that have been put in charge of our country.

    • proreason says:

      “The major news ”

      I’m going to help you out, woodman.

      Here’s what you need to do…..stop calling it the news.

      It isn’t news. It’s propaganda. Has been for 30 years, but they aren’t even trying to hide it any longer.

  8. I’ve quoted and linked to your post from Exposing Bias and Deception at New York Times


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