#ThrowbackThursday: Pelosi appoints Dems to Benghazi committee, press reacts badly

Looking back at a top headline from 2014 we have to ask "how did it get better?"

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Nancy Pelosi and Elijah Cummings

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 21, 2014 (#ThrowbackThursday) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has appointed her five Democratic members to the Benghazi select committee being led by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. The reports from the establishment media show just how far from objective reporting they have come.

From U.S. News and World Report, the headline begins, “Dems Cave …”

From MSNBC, the story begins, “House Democrats had a few options …” It goes on to explain, “they sought equal treatment so the panel would be bipartisan, but Republicans insisted on a 7-to-5 advantage.”

The New York Times headline begins, “Bucking Deputies, Pelosi Picks 5 Democrats …” They go on to write, “The move gives legitimacy to a committee that many Democrats have dismissed as an election-year partisan stunt.”


The AP, the wire service that is widely reprinted, concludes its opening sentence, “… despite serious concerns within the party that the inquiry is an election-year ploy to energize core GOP voters.”

Is there any plain and honest reporting anymore?

Well, yes. The Baltimore Sun highlighted the fact that Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings would be the lead Democrat on the panel, and most reports eventually got around to telling the reader who the five were.

What went unsaid was that the panel was authorized on May 8. Reports then were biased, too. The Huffington Post, The Hill and others led with phrases like “Just six Democrats broke ranks and voted with Republicans to establish …” Or seven, depending on the story.

This foot-dragging and grandstanding are not unusual behavior for Democrats. Democrats led by Pelosi boycotted the Hurricane Katrina panel headed by Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia in 2005. The final report was widely said to be fair.

At the state level, Wisconsin Democrats fled the state rather than participate in bills being run by the Republican majority. The same thing had previously happened in Texas, and almost happened in Indiana. Democrats have lost sight of why they are elected in the first place.

In our representative republic, legislators are elected by the people to represent them at the state and federal legislatures. It’s a job — it’s a paid job. Like any job, it carries with it certain duties and responsibilities; they aren’t optional. Elected officials swear to faithfully carry them out.

The Founders were well aware of “tyranny of the majority.” It is a recurring concern in the Federalist Papers. Minority rights are protected in a number of ways. Senate rules added another — the filibuster — until Majority Leader Harry Reid did away with it.

The minority are allowed to make noise, to speak in opposition, and to vote no. They can hold the feet of the majority to the fire and broadcast their displeasure.

But they cannot, like petulant children, take their toys and go home.

And so the reporting in the supportive media is wrong. The media that once claimed to be “the fourth estate” is nothing more than a partisan press.

No, U.S. News and World Report, the Democrats didn’t cave; they decided to do their jobs. It’s about time.

No, MSNBC, the Democrats didn’t have options. Every committee, subcommittee and every panel in every legislature contains membership in proportion to their numbers in the full legislature. No matter which side is in control.

No, New York Times, the panel doesn’t get its legitimacy because Pelosi named members to it; it gets legitimacy because the People’s House voted to empanel it.

If the legacy media aims to regain the standing it believes it once had, it will have to stop acting as the ex-officio propaganda arm of the Democrat Party.

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  • Jack Reed

    Very well put. Good article

  • considering that pelosi had 6-2 committees, the gop is being more fair than she was when she was speaker!

  • Thomas A. Lloyd

    She appoints Cummings? Didn’t he just get caught lying? He’s a grand stander that leads witnesses and hardly asks questions. PELOSI, YOU’RE A JOKE!

    • El_Sluggo

      Duh! Why do you think she appointed that loudmouth whiner in the first place?

    • rte3hrbr .

      Tom, you are so right.

  • mstockinger

    Excellent points. So few Americans understand the political process, particularly if they are journalists.

    • acmaurer

      LOL. Sad but true.

  • The_Questman

    If the Democrats and Obama want this to go away it is real easy to do. Give up all the emails and paperwork asked for without redaction, release the witnesses who’ve been sequestered, & quit trying to hide the truth. But the truth is NOT what they want revealed. They would rather point fingers at Republicans Alinsky style & ridicule their efforts for truth and closure.

    • ClarenceAlexander

      Every response from Dems is “ad hominem”

  • Julia Thurlow

    I loved this article. I wish everyone in this country would read it. But the Dems wouldn’t change their minds. They are too stubborn like the ass that represents them.

  • El_Sluggo

    Most likely Pelosi figured she’d better get somebody on the panel to obstruct like they’ve done with the IRS probe.

  • kdlhouston

    So we final are at the point were there’s no more pretense that our national media is just the publicity arm of the Democratic Party. Can we just admit the obvious!!

  • Janice Dyer White

    I think five is too many. Fair, what do the DEMS know about fairness?

  • MrNewCastrati

    Notice the lying sack of scat photo-bombing Ms Nancy.

  • America

    How about we Just find out the truth and hold the criminals accountable for their wrong doings? Hillary, Obama traiters of our nation!?! Hello America, quit being pussies and call BS when its BS. When is Enough going to be enough?!?!?!? The time to stand up is now!

  • Tweety58

    Aw….the Corrupt Vichy Lamestream Media just soiled their panties. Sucks HUGELY to be them.