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Friday, November 22, 2019
MRC on Politicians Insulting Reporters: Compare and Contrast
Topic: Media Research Center

Pelosi Disses Sinclair Reporter James Rosen as 'Mr. Republican Talking Points'

Joe Concha at The Hill reported House Speaker Nancy Pelosi brought her egotistical swagger to a press conference on Thursday, dissing reporter James Rosen of Sinclair as "Mr. Republican Talking Points" and then bragging about how she has more experience on intelligence matters than anyone else in Congress. 

Rosen pointed out how Rep. Adam Schiff told Republicans on Wednesday he would be protecting the anonymity of the Ukraine whistleblower and asked "I wonder if you could explain to the American people why the legal rights of the whistleblower should prevail in this political setting over those of President Trump, who should ordinarily enjoy a right to confront his accuser?"


Don't go looking for the usual scolds of Trump's fighting with reporters (such as CNN's Brian Stelter) to say anything about this exchange, on Twitter or on TV. 

-- Tim Graham, Nov 14 NewsBusters post

(By the way, Tim, James Rosen's question did, in fact, invoke a Republican talking point.) 

Rep. Mark Meadows TORCHES Reporters During Impeachment Presser

While Wednesday’s impeachment hearing was in a brief recess during the 12:00 p.m. ET hour, Republican Congressman Mark Meadows conducted a press conference with Capitol Hill reporters and called them out for their biased questions in real time. He repeatedly corrected the record as the journalists made misleading assertions about the hearing in an attempt to boost the partisan impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

“Congressman, how can you say that this was all hearsay when these two highly respected officials say they heard the exact same thing from everyone in the President’s inner circle?,” CBS’s Nancy Cordes shouted at Meadows. The North Carolina representative pushed back: “Well, I can say that it’s hearsay because that’s the testimony that I just came out from listening. So if you’d been listening, the American people have been listening, they said, ‘Well, I believe,’ ‘I thought I heard,’ ‘This was what was conveyed to me.’”


If the media are going pick fights with Republican members of Congress like Meadows, they better show up armed with facts and not just Democratic talking points.

-- Kyle Drennen, Nov. 14 NewsBusters post

Posted by Terry K. at 1:56 PM EST

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