By Onan Coca
Is CBS turning a corner on reporting and beginning to hold the Democrats accountable for their Molotov cocktail-like rhetoric? Not really. But we need to take our victories when we can, even if they’re as small as this one.
Obama supporter Gayle King repeatedly pressed Pelosi about “people [who] are just saying…work it out….both sides have to be willing to leave something on the table.”
Anthony Mason underlined how “Senator [Harry] Reid called some Republicans anarchists. You’ve called them arsonists….How do you get a meeting of the minds when people are talking like that?”
Norah O’Donnell also wondered about “a scenario…where Democrats would be willing to give on a larger budget deal – the grand bargain coming back, and giving on entitlements, so that we can move forward.”
Nancy Pelosi gamely tried to spin the interview in the direction of blaming the Republicans, but her interviewers weren’t having it. There were moments watching the back and forth that I worried her head might explode in anger at having to defend her liberal talking points. Democrats are not used to having to tell the media what to believe, so it’s not all Pelosi’s fault that she was caught off guard. Her attempt at spin led the panelists to interrupt again…
Mason interrupted and shot back, “But, at the same time, the President’s saying, we won’t negotiate, and he’s taking criticism for that.”
King came right back: “To the people outside, it really just does seem like white noise. It just seems like, you say something; they say something…And the people are just saying, you guys, just work it out. That’s all I’m saying.”
The sad part of this entire CBS experience is that this is what passes as a “tough” interview for Democrats. The interviewers weren’t necessarily attacking Pelosi or the Democrat positions that have led to the shutdown. They were simply asking if the inflammatory rhetoric of the Democrats was making matters worse, and if perhaps the Democrats should be willing to negotiate an end to the shutdown. Even these simple questions though, were enough to cause the House minority leader to squirm and grow agitated with the interview.
Maybe it wasn’t the toughest interview, and maybe CBS is still a liberal media shill. It’s still nice to watch a Democrat robot like Pelosi squirm when all she has are her talking points. Thank you, CBS, for making me smile.