[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/17/art.reliable4shot0517.cnn.jpg 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."