An August 10 NewsBusters post offered as a "possible talking point" for the day: "Pelosi and Hoyer say speaking out is un-American!"
That is a lie. As the excerpt NewsBusters provided clearly shows, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer said no such thing in an Aug. 10 USA Today op-ed. They stated: "Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American."
Further, NewsBusters edited out the part in which Pelosi and Hoyer wrote:
We believe it is healthy for such a historic effort to be subject to so much scrutiny and debate.
The dialogue between elected representatives and constituents is at the heart of our democracy and plays an integral role in assuring that the legislation we write reflects the genuine needs and concerns of the people we represent.
NewsBusters needs to retract this lie.
UPDATE: Newsmax takes the same false approach in a headline that reads, "Pelosi, Hoyer: Healthcare Protests 'Un-American.'" But the Aug. 10 Associated Press article to which that headline is appended clearly states that Pelosi and Hoyer wrote that "some of the behavior of health care overhaul opponents" is un-American. Further, the original AP headline reads, "Pelosi, Hoyer: Protesters' behavior 'un-American.'"