RUSH: You got to hear this, because you don’t hear this. You’re going to hear something you don’t hear. This happened while this program was on yesterday, on CNN. Nancy Pelosi, all set for what she thought was a softball interview with Kyra Phillips on CNN. But it was anything but softball. Kyra Phillips’ first question: “I want to ask you, as you stand here and continue to criticize the administration and criticize the director of FEMA, I do want to tell you the White House coming forward today, Scott McClellan coming forward today, basically disputing your accounts of your meeting with the president. I’m looking at it here. It’s saying that you said you urged the president to replaced the embattled FEMA director because of the poor emergency response to Hurricane Katrina, but McClellan says that that’s not what you discussed with the president. You were discussing other things with the president, and that things are being twisted here a bit.”
PELOSI: Oh, that’s absolutely not true. Uh, Mr. McClellan wasn’t there, so he couldn’t possibly know. What happened was I said to the president, “Mr. President we can begin to help these, uh, victims of Katrina (sniff) become whole again. The first thing you can do is to uh, replace Michael Brown as the head of FEMA.” To which the president said, “Why would I do that?” And I said, “Because of what happened last week and the failure of FEMA to be the real link between the federal government and the people in need in our country, the social compact.” To which the president said, “What didn’t go right last week?”
RUSH: All right. Well, we’ll just keep an eye on this death toll, Ms. Pelosi, and we’ll find out. But this went on. Ms. Phillips then said, “Well, if we want to be historical here and we want to back in time, then we can go back to the Times-Picayune and the investigation when reporters revealed time after time monies were asked for from all types of various politicians, politicians you work side by side with, laws that you yourself vote on, monies that should have gone to Louisiana to take care of the problems with regard to the flood control systems,” and then she kept going. She said this to Pelosi.
PHILLIPS: And I think it’s unfair that FEMA is just singled out. There are so many people responsible —
PHILLIPS: — for what has happened in the state of Louisiana.
PELOSI: That is true and I’m sorry that you think it’s unfair but I don’t. I think it’s unfair that people lost their family members, their lives, their livelihood, their homes, their opportunity, uh, and FEMA, uh, uh, is — did a poor job. It had no chance, it was.
PHILLIPS: But what about all those warnings —
PELOSI: May I please respond?
PHILLIPS: What about all the warnings from the Army Corps of Engineers years ago —
PHILLIPS: — saying there’s a problem with these levees, there’s a problem with these cities?
PELOSI: Myra, Myra, Myra…
PHILLIPS: It’s Kyra.
PELOSI: If you want to make a case for the White House —
PHILLIPS: It’s Kyra.
PELOSI: — you should go on their payroll.
PHILLIPS: I’m not making a case for the White House by all means, believe me.
RUSH: So here you have what’s fascinating about this is you have a CNN anchor who was simply reporting the news, simply asking a member of Congress, “Wait a minute, you work with a bunch of people.” She’s essentially saying, “How do you get to be an innocent bystander here? How is it, Ms. Pelosi, you get to be an innocent bystander? You can demand this person resign, that person be fired or what have you, but you didn’t listen to the warnings. Nobody was listening to the warnings. What about the Corps of Engineers?” And Pelosi got so frustrated, knowing
PHILLIPS: And by all due respect, nobody in this organization or any network is on the payroll of the Bush administration right now.
PELOSI: Thirty — 30 bodies retrieved from the nursing home last night, 14 from Memorial Hospital.
PHILLIPS: Should have
RUSH: Now, I think what’s going on here, on the part of CNN — I haven’t talked about this before, but last week, who was it? I don’t remember who it was. It might have been Anderson Cooper. Somebody really jumped in somebody’s chili. Oh that was Miles O’Brien and Haley Barber, but a lot of CNN journalists have been going outside the bounds of just questioning and they say, “Wait a minute, to whatever government official they’re talking to, it doesn’t matter, state or federal, “You blew this. Who the hell are you to be passing the buck?” has been the tone of it and they’ve been getting great reviews, is the point. The blogs that analyze journalism have been saying, “Aha,
They’re replaying it. There they go. CNN right now is replaying the interview I just played the audio for you. They’re replaying it. It’s getting a lot of comment. Normally the media in the old days, they did think of their mission as to make sure the powerful were examined; the powerful weren’t going to get away with anything. The powerful were going to be held accountable and there was going to be suspicion of
In this case, Nancy Pelosi was totally not expecting it, but the questions that Kyra Phillips asked her were just right on the money. Who are you to criticize one agency? You’re up there with all these people. You saw all the money that wasn’t being spent and wasted and sent down to these places. How do you get to sit around and be an innocent bystander? How do you get to do that? And Pelosi is so nonplussed. “Well if you’re on the White House payroll, why don’t you just say so,” or something like that. So anyway, I wanted to save this bite today until after whatever happened with Mike Brown and the FEMA agency happened, and as we now know, Brown’s been dispatched back to Washington to head up the