Pelosi, the WaPo and Tax Cuts
Pelosi, the WaPo and Tax Cuts
Nancy “let them eat crumbs” Pelosi strikes again. Pelosi, who made no attempt to hide her disdain for last year’s tax cuts, has decided it’s not enough to show just how out-of-touch she is with the average voter. Now she’s proclaimed not only that the Dems will take the mid-term election and she will once again be Speaker of the House but that, once they are back in control, they will repeal the tax cuts. Not that she cares. After all, that $2,000 or so was a mere “crumb” to her. What she probably didn’t plan was how the Washington Post would quickly show just how much control the Democrats have over the paper and, by inference, the media.
It started simply enough. Yesterday, Pelosi appeared in a Playbook Interview with Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman. During the interview, Pelosi confirmed that, should the Dems once again become the majority party in Congress, they would roll back the tax cuts and once again raise taxes. Oh, she tried to couch it in terms of being “bi-partisan” and an open process but it all came down to one thing — the woman who wants to be queen — er, Speaker of the House — once again, wants to shaft the working men and women her party supposedly represents.
Now, that shouldn’t surprise us. She’s made no secret her contempt of President Trump and basically any policy or change in the law he’s proposed. What should be of concern, however, is what happened next.
Nancy Pelosi keeps gift-wrapping talking points for the GOP https://t.co/eqmDy500T7
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) May 8, 2018
So far, so good. Right? The tweet appears to be an accurate recounting of what Pelosi said. Well, except for the fact it left out her laugh after saying “That’s accurate.” However, it appears someone did some handwavium behind the scenes where Blake’s article about the interview is concerned. If you read the article now, here’s what you’ll find:
Pelosi was asked to respond to GOP talking points that a Speaker Pelosi would institute single-payer health care and “raise taxes” by moving to “roll back the tax cuts that they passed this year.” Pelosi’s response: “The second part there is accurate.” So there is Pelosi — on video — appearing to confirm she would try to raise taxes if Democrats win back the majority.
“Appearing to confirm.”
That seems to be a sticking point and one some Twitter followers quickly picked up on.
"Appearing to confirm"
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) May 8, 2018
Just a few simple words that quickly lessen the impact of what the former Speaker said. Now, whether Blake’s editors forced him to make the change or he had a change of heart, only Blake—and perhaps his editors—know. However, this reshaping of what Pelosi said should be of concern to each of us. It should also be viewed as an indication of just where the media stands when it comes to politics.
If that isn’t enough to raise eyebrows, reading further into the article should. Blake performs some journalist gymnastics to give Pelosi an out where her answer is concerned.
The moment isn’t quite as easily transferrable to GOP campaign ads as some might want it to be, given that the question was somewhat complex. And Pelosi may argue that her “that’s accurate” comment was about rolling back certain tax cuts rather than “raise taxes.”
That is more than reporting what she said. That is interpreting and not particularly accurately. In this moment, Blake is framing the narrative and not trusting his readers to listen to the interview for themselves and come to their own conclusions. Does any of this seem familiar? Also, as Twitchy noted, the article doesn’t contain any reference to a change in the text.
So what did Pelosi say?
“Nancy Pelosi said she would raise taxes,” @SteveScalise said, referring to the Playbook Interview which wrapped a few minutes ago.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) May 8, 2018
And she said "that's accurate."
I promise you that will be in almost every GOP ad this fall.
— Matt Gorman (@mattsgorman) May 8, 2018
I doubt any of us are surprised by WaPo’s attempt to reframe what Pelosi said. Nor are many of us surprised she would say she wants to repeal the tax decrease. She is more concerned about regaining her seat of power as Speaker of the House than in most anything else. Remember, this is the same Nancy Pelosi who said, “We have to pass the bill [the Affordable Care Act] so that you can find out what is in it.” The media did its best to spin that quote as well.
How long are we going to let politicians like Pelosi continue to play the patricians while they cast us as the plebs? How long are we going to put up with the media covering for them and framing the news to support them? Isn’t it past time to demand accountability from both?