Baltimore Sun: Pelosi Is Not A Liberal

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    Baltimore Sun: Pelosi Church Events Will Suggest She's Not Liberal
    Posted by Tim Graham on December 13, 2006 - 08:46.
    If political reporters think their job is to lay out the facts, then why would anyone try to claim Nancy Pelosi is not a liberal? In Tuesday's Baltimore Sun, reporter Matthew Hay Brown is the latest Pelosi profiler to suggest liberal is just a "brand" Republicans have tried to burn on her. He began: "As she introduces herself next month to a national audience, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be stressing her roots in working-class, Catholic Baltimore as a way of recasting the liberal image with which Republicans have tried to brand her." Brown extensively used liberal professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson, often used by network reporters over the years to debunk political ads, to attempt to make plausible the bunk that Pelosi is firmly in the mainstream because, forget the voting record, she's a Catholic grandmother. In 19 years in the House, Pelosi has a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of three out of 100.

    Brown reported "An unusual four-day schedule of festivities to celebrate her swearing-in is tentatively scheduled to begin in Baltimore on Jan. 2 at the Church of St. Leo the Great in Little Italy," where she attended Mass as a child. Later in the article, the priest at St. Leo’s is surprised, saying "he hadn't heard about an event there."

    The reporter continued: "After a bruising midterm election in which Republicans portrayed her as out of touch with mainstream values, Pelosi will be using the appearance in Baltimore -- as well as a Mass at her alma mater, a reception at the Italian Embassy and other events -- to present a very different image: that of a Roman Catholic mother and grandmother who worked her way up from working-class roots to become the first Italian-American and first woman speaker." Jamieson helpfully explained the strategy is to "Feature those facets of biography that make it harder for people to say 'San Francisco liberal.'"

    Here’s one sign Brown is too busy acting like a publicist to play reporter: how does Pelosi reconcile this Catholic upbringing with her ardent San Francisco liberal positions on social issues, in favor of abortion on demand and gay marriage? Don’t these positions represent a rebuke to Catholic teachings? Will she have trouble with bishops like John Kerry did in the 2004 campaign? Those issues never appear. The whole article is designed to roll out a public relations strategy, not test its accuracy.

    Speaking of inaccuracy, the article gets downright put-your-beverage-down hilarious when Jamieson claimed that Pelosi needs twice as many days of ceremony as incoming Newt Gingrich in 1995 because "Speaker Gingrich wasn't trying to overcome a lot of stereotypes. He hadn't been regularly vilified by the other side."

    Forget the "other side." How much was Gingrich vilified by the "objective" media? At article's end, Jamieson really draws out the Pelosi appeal to Catholics:

    "She's mentioned 'grandmother' at appropriate times in the past as a way of telegraphing, 'I'm not who you think I am,'" Jamieson said. "The Catholic Mass also signals something very important. The Democratic Party wants those defecting Catholics who have voted for Republicans for a long time but came back to the Democratic Party in 2006 to see the Democratic Party as home. And there is a real advantage to stressing long-lived marriage to one person, mother of five, grandmother."

    Why do liberals (like Bill Moyers, too) suggest that being married for a long time somehow makes you a political moderate? Pelosi has even tried to twist Catholic teaching like taffy, claiming “I believe that my position on choice is one that is consistent with my Catholic upbringing, which said that every person has a free will and has the responsibility to live their own lives in a way that they would have to account for in the end.” But the Baltimore Sun didn't want a debate on Pelosi's political or religious beliefs. They presented instead a rebuttal to those nasty Republicans who would insist on actually assessing her public record as a politician.

    http://newsbusters.org/node/9627
     
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    Probably because Matthew Brown is a Commie so to him Pelosi is mainstream.....Gave me a good laugh though:D
     
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    Well, if the Baltimore Sun says it, it must be true.
     
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    Well Baltimore just sucks and that is that, it is a bunch of hype coming from a whole bunch of frigging nut job liberals. Look at O'malley all I need to say;)
     
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    The LA Times says "Don't forget about us!"



    L.A. Times Forwards Pelosi As 'Devout Catholic, American Everywoman'
    Posted by Tim Graham on December 13, 2006 - 08:57.
    The Baltimore Sun wasn’t alone in promoting Nancy Pelosi, not even among its fellow newspapers in the Tribune publishing group. On Monday, in a story headlined "Pelosi Piques Public's Interest," Los Angeles Times reporter Faye Fiore portrayed Pelosi as an object of public fascination:

    As Pelosi prepares to be sworn in Jan. 4 as the first female speaker of the House, she has become an object of fascination and curiosity in political circles and beyond. Barbara Walters interviewed her as one of the year's 10 most fascinating people. People magazine has written about her twice in recent weeks. An article in a Palm Springs newspaper ran with the headline: "How To Get the Nancy Pelosi Look." (Answer: an Armani suit.)

    Only weeks ago, Republicans were doing their best in the heat of the campaign to paint Pelosi, 66, as a conservative's nightmare — a San Francisco liberal out of touch with the American mainstream. But more recently, a poll measuring political charisma showed that she had "dramatically improved her standing" with the public, sponsors of the survey said, with voters knowing her better and feeling warmer toward her.

    Fiore also claimed that Pelosi’s "events in the first week of January will try to plant Pelosi's version of her life story in the national consciousness, showing her as an Italian American and devout Catholic from Baltimore." Fiore calls Pelosi’s swearing-in an "inauguration" (she ran for president) and a test: "The impending inauguration kicks off the contest over who will define Nancy Pelosi: Republicans who see her as a reckless liberal, or Pelosi herself, who wants to be seen as an American Everywoman, leading her party on a steady course to the center."

    Then, look who arrives in the story, but liberal Kathleen Hall Jamieson:

    "She is trying to dispatch the stereotype put forth by Republicans," said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. "The advantage she has is the country didn't know her before. Her challenge will be to take votes cast against Republicans and the war in Iraq and transform them into votes for the Democratic Party in 2008."

    Fiore added:

    Four months ago, Pelosi barely registered on the name recognition scale, which served her well at the time; GOP attempts to demonize her fell flat because few knew who she was.

    Now many more do.

    "This is a dangerous time in terms of public reception. She has the newsworthiness but not the power," said former Democratic strategist Paul Begala.

    Predictably, there was no conservative or Republican in the piece to disagree. As for the "American Everywoman" stance, does every American woman have a $6,000 Tahitian pearl necklace? See the article's beginning and end for more.

    http://newsbusters.org/node/9628
     
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    'Devout Catholic'?

    A devout Catholic supports abortion and gay marriage?? (where's that throwup smilie?)
     
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    she, like most libs, is a ala carte Catholic
     
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    liberal is as liberal does, and ms. pelosi is most definitely a liberal
     
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    Once upon a time....

    Pelosi is not a liberal, the media isn't biased, Bush lied people died, the 2000 election was stolen, cigarette smoking causes global warming, 9/11 happened because Bush didn't do enough in 8 months as president, lying under oath is not perjury if its about sex, the huge federal debt is entirely due to the Bush administration, we went to war over oil, the United Nations is not corrupt, you can be anti-war and still support the troops, the Religious Right is the biggest threat to our freedoms, there is no terrorist threat, if Bush is re-elected rape will be legal, Hillary Clinton did not know of her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky until he told her about it, the economy is doing badly, Karl Rove is an evil genius, there's a mother ship circling the Earth beaming up black people, the tobacco settlement was all about big tobacco not about lawyers' contingency fees, Iran and North Korea built nuclear weapons because Bush called them part of the axis of evil, admitting millions of illegal aliens into the country and giving them amnesty will have absolutely no effect on our national security


    ....and they lived happily ever after
     
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