Pelosi Aide: “60 Minutes” Report a Right-Wing Smear or Something

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 at 9:12 am

This may be the first time in the over 40-year history of 60 Minutes that they’ve been accused of being a right wing outfit. Odd, but I don’t hear the same lament from Republicans who were also named.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’soffice accused the news program “60 Minutes” of omitting key information from its report Sunday on how members of Congress use privileged information to profit from stock trades.

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill also called the report “a right-wing smear” based on a new book by conservative author Peter Schweizer of the Hoover Institution, a think tank based at Stanford University. The book is titled: “Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Jail.”

Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat, was highlighted in the report along with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., among others.

When in doubt, go on the attack.

Pelosi spokesman Hammill said “60 Minutes” relied heavily on a “discredited conservative author who has made a career out of attacking Democrats,” citing Schweizer books such as “Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy.”

So Schweizer wrote a book attacking Democrats? What’s their point? What was “discredited” in that book?
They don’t say, of course.


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