Respect for the truth stretched on Sunday shows

Posted on October 20, 2013 by


As she has done many times, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) avoided questions she was asked, today on ABC’s “This Week.”

Guest host Martha Raddatz, who we believe is among the best interviewers in the media, wondered what responsibility Pelosi (pictured) thinks she bears to change the mood in Washington.

Pelosi responded by criticizing Republican House members. Raddatz persisted, saying Pres. Obama said he wanted a change. Pelosi said we need “facts, common sense.”

The Democratic leader did acknowledge that the computer problems with the sign-up process for the Affordable Care Act are “unacceptable.” She blamed it on trying to go on the website.

But again, she didn’t address Raddatz’s question about what we can learn from Tom Foley,the former House speaker who died a few days ago. Foley, a Republican, was known as a voice for civility. Pelosi did say he was a statesman but nothing about what he taught us.

On “Meet the Press,” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said “Obamacare’s gonna fail on its own right.”

Another example of making a prediction when the outcome is uncertain. The future of the Affordable Care Act can’t be known. There’s a difference, we believe, in saying “I would predict that,” and making a flat statement as if someone can be certain about what will happen.

Republican strategist Alex Castellanos said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” “Washington can’t do anything…. They can’t manage their way out of a paper bag. They can’t fix anything.”

In our opinion, it’s time the hyperbole ended. That’s a clear overstatement even though we know the government has problems in a number of areas.”