Yesterday on Meet the Press, NBC White House reporter David Gregory presented what he claimed were the “facts” of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) delegation to Syria.
“On the facts here,” Gregory began, it “appears” that Pelosi’s meeting with the Syrians “was at least a little bit sloppy, critics will say, that the way she represented the Israeli point of view was not entirely complete, that she should have said, ‘Yes, they want peace talks, but you have to really crack down on Hamas and Hezbollah.’”
Gregory tempered his “facts” (i.e., the right-wing spin) by at least acknowledging that “Pelosi maintains she said those very things.” But his message had already made its mark. Moments later, NBC’s Chuck Todd said, “It was sloppy, as David said.”
Notwithstanding Gregory’s “he-said-she-said” treatment of the issue, the facts are clear. No one with knowledge of Pelosi’s meeting with Syrian officials — Pelosi, the members of her bipartisan delegation, and the State Department — has suggested that Pelosi communicated an incorrect message to the Syrians. That claim is a fabrication of conservatives, still being given life by members of the media like David Gregory.
GREGORY: On the facts here, it appears that it was at least a bit sloppy, critics will say, that the way she represented the Israeli point of view was not entirely complete, that she should have said, “Yes, they want peace talks, but you have to really crack down on Hamas and Hezbollah.” Pelosi maintains she said those very things, and she said them on camera during that same press conference that you played a portion of. The issue was, this was asserting herself in a bit of shuttle diplomacy during a trip when the White House already said, “You shouldn’t be on it.” You saw Dick Cheney come out and say, “This is the danger, Republicans, Nancy Pelosi running foreign policy.” In effect, it’s a way for conservatives, for Republicans to unite a little bit.