May 17th, 2009
02:06 PM ET
14 years ago

Reliable Sources: Pelosi's presser performance

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Steve in St. Lou

    I'm a democrat, can't stand our smirking ex-president or his underhanded policies, and I'm glad he's gone. But I do think in all fairness that Pelosi is no better, and she ought to be held accountable.

    May 17, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Raymond Morris

    I enjoy your program. I feel Pelosi should resign. Republicans have RUSH and the Democrats have Stephanie Miller. Tell her to keep her top on and don't invite her back. I guess to be a radio host your IQ is only exceeded by your shoe size.

    May 17, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Mike in Kansas

    Newts out of office Dicks out of office and Lezzy never has been elected to office but thats not stopping them from all running their mouths.

    May 17, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. Ruty

    Pelosi IS telling the truth. Wait and see. The CIA is lying.Dick Cheney is lying. Newt Gingrich is Lying. The only one keeping quiet is George Bush. He might not be a dumb as we first thought.

    May 17, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Chris

    She's a politician, therefore, subject to that disease (lying) that seems to come with the territory. She and her fellow Americans, I mean Democrats, should be ashamed once again.

    May 17, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Ted Tartaglia

    The Republicans have nothing to offer in solving the problems our country is now facing so they have to bring up inconsequential matters to try to shift the focus from their own inadequacies.

    Newt, one of the biggest liars ever, has no grounds to challenge anyone's truthfulness. He was a failure while a member of Congress and was even disciplined by the House so his accusations are like the pot calling the kettle back. Newt should make like a lizard and slither back under his rock.

    May 17, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Ted Tartaglia

    How can you tell when Republicans is lying? Their lips are moving!

    May 17, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. B.H.

    Just yet another reason to have a investigation and get to the bottom or TOP of this.

    May 17, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. Independent

    Im so happy the libs opened this can!!!!! SO HAPPY!!!

    May 17, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Keith in Austin

    To Ed in Santa Fe: Blaming the prior administation is getting as old as your misguided fanatical left wing support of Pelosi. She personifies everything wrong about your Party and politicians that will lie about anything for political gain. Wake up and smell the coffee man!

    May 17, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. Dee, NJ

    The Bush Jail Team vs America. Ms. Speaker you was a EZ mark! Dick Cheney and his team had 1 Women to work! Ms P, they told you what was good or bad, BUT it was going on any way!

    May 18, 2009 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
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