May 17th, 2009
02:06 PM ET
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Reliable Sources: Pelosi's presser performance

A trio of journalists weighed in Sunday about Speaker Pelosi's recent press conference on CNN's Reliable Sources.
A trio of journalists weighed in Sunday about Speaker Pelosi's recent press conference on CNN's Reliable Sources.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) performance at Thursday's press conference received a harsh evaluation from Reliable Sources’ political panel Sunday morning.

Pelosi said Thursday that the CIA "was misleading the Congress."

Roger Simon, chief political columnist for The Politco, told CNN's Howard Kurtz that Pelosi may have dug herself in an even deeper hole.

"If she had hung a sign around her neck saying 'I am lying,' she could not have done worse...She was terrible."

Pelosi has been under fire this week for conflicting statements she made on whether or not she was briefed by the CIA about so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques," such as waterboarding, being used on terror suspects.

Simon said the media's performance wasn't any better than Pelosi's.

"She didn't know what she said. She couldn't decide on what she didn't know what she said. And I think the media this time was just neutral filters for what she was saying."

Michael Medved, a conservative radio talk show host, said the media has done a good job of pressing Pelosi on what she knew and when she knew it. He added, however, that the press is ignoring the trouble this could cause the Obama administration.

"I think they're being pretty tough. And I think it's appropriate. The big story here that I don't think people are picking up is the splintering of this unified Democratic party... President Obama does not want Congress or the nation obsessed with the interrogation issue," Medved said.

Liberal radio talk show host Stephanie Miller said the chronology of Pelosi's briefings should not be a central issue.

"The issue is not what Nancy Pelosi knew or when she knew it. It's who ordered the torture and torture is illegal."


Filed under: CIA • Nancy Pelosi • State of the Union
soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Robet Renchik

    Pelosi must go !

    May 17, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. flybyshoeing

    Nancy Pelosi has nothing to explain. The GOP on the other hand has lots of explaining to do. How can they say that what was done is not torture and at the same time blame Nancy Pelosi, who only had one briefing, for not speaking up? That is the most contridictory, hypocritical comment I have ever heard.

    May 17, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. obambi

    Miller is trying to exonerate Pelosi–Pelosi should be brought upon charges if she knew about the waterboarding. If the Dems are going to skewer Bush and Cheney–why should she be let off the hook?

    May 17, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. J.

    As the number three person in the government she had a duty to stand up and say no the president if she objected. If she knew and did not say anything then she is as guilty as Bush.

    May 17, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. danille garrison

    pelosis"s a-s needs to burn. with this admin in office our future is doomed

    May 17, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Message to Pelosi....

    you don't tug on Superman's cape.....you don't spit into then wind...
    you don't pull the mask off the old lone ranger.....and you're heading for an accident...

    May 17, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. M J

    This is a sickening circus-not unlike what we endured for the last eight years.

    May 17, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. ds, USA

    It's nice to know that your panel of experts are more concerned with Nancy 's possible lies than with the Bush administrations PROVEN lies. WMDs, torture, etc. ring a bell?
    How many deaths are she responsible for?
    How 'bout those wonder Rumsfeld quotes from the bible exhorting our killing of Muslims in the name of our Christian God?

    May 17, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Margie

    This is not a Nancy problem it is a Bush/Chaney administration problem. When will the media put it where it belongs?

    May 17, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. shelby

    You know what they say about college coach recruiters and politicians-if their lips are moving, they're lying.

    May 17, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. indy

    If Nancy Pelosi new earlier and chose not to challenge the illegality of what was being done, isn't she guilty also?

    May 17, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Dan

    Media performance has been poor until recently. It took Fox and other non-liberal networks pursuit of the story to get CNN and others to recognize the lies. Pelosi's a big time liar and crook, hopefully the left-leaning media will now pursue the facts instead of cover for their favs on the hill.

    May 17, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. chris sarajian

    that is the issue after all she said about it, actions speak lounder than words....

    May 17, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. RI Moderate

    Please quit, Nancy. You are hurting the democrat party.

    May 17, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Tia

    For the past eight years the Bush Administration and the good ole boys have misled and lied to the country. You know they lied to anyone who stood in their way....my buck is on Nancy! Good job!

    May 17, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Allen

    I'm standing by Nancy. We were misled and lied to by Bush and the boys. Why believe anything coming from them now? GO NANCY!

    May 17, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. James from Florida

    It is about what she said and how she said it. This is one of the most destructive, obnoxious individuals to be in the political arena. There is no doubt her agenda and that it appears to be derailing is a good thing for the country and can mellow the Obama jugernaut a little. That the administration and Pelosi have no compunction about taking America in a socialist direction is unconscionable, yet they rejoice.

    May 17, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Jill-IN

    When did waterboarding under Bush presidency and the republican run senate and congress begin – what year? Then, what year did Pelosi become Speaker of the House?

    May 17, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Wayne

    Nancy Pelosi is an embarrassment to the Obama administration and to America. I am a HUGE fan of President Obama, but Nancy Pelosi is one of the worst political figures in recent memory.
    Someone needs to do something to make this very bad person ( i wanted to use another term, but wanted my post to appear)... go away far far away. I am quite sure President Obama is cringing over Pelosi's antics and despicable behavior. Nancy Pelosi is a Disgrace

    May 17, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Greg

    While I'm not a huge Pelosi fan I fail to see why we cannot see through this attempted discrediting, which is only occurring to dodge the fact that we as a nation were involved in torture and take away from the focus of bringing those responsible to account for their actions.

    May 17, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Mad Dog

    Gee.....how about that Newt? He isn't even in office and is already running his mouth and being partisanly divided again.

    What the heck does NEWT know....he has been out of office so long ...the way he talks he just left.

    Pelosi could be wrong and should be punished.....my question is this??? Where were all these self-righteous nutjobs when Bush was lying his ass off?

    May 17, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. pam Eugene OR

    I voted for President and strongly support him.
    If Pelosi lied and it appears she did,she should be tried along with everyone else. I have never seen a person so obviously lying as Pelosi was last Thursday. It was a disgrace.

    May 17, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Democrats seem to only want investigations if it involves punishing Republicans. Investigate it all. Who did it, who approved it and who knew about and let the chips fall where they may. The Democrats may be surprised by how many of their own people get caught up in the whole mess. As they say, be careful what you ask for.

    May 17, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Jerry Harris

    I think the ex CIA chief Goss cleared up the debate about Pelosi and what and when she knew about water boarding. Now that idiot and former Speaker Newt that was thrown out of office needs to apologize to Pelosi as does the other republican idiots.

    May 17, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. jeff

    I am a Democrat, but Pelosi is an inept leader and needs to go. The Democratic party will be MUCH stronger without her!

    May 17, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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