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December 23, 2006

Pelosi Isn't Ready For Prime Time

Pelosi says no to C-SPAN request on floor proceedings

El Paso Times


Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi cited the need to preserve the ''dignity and decorum'' of the House as she rejected a request Friday that C-SPAN operate its own cameras in covering the chamber.

Pelosi said in her response Friday, ''I believe the dignity and decorum of the United States House of Representatives are best preserved by maintaining the current system of televised proceedings.''

The public service network has provided gavel-to-gavel television coverage of House proceedings since 1979. But the House leader has kept control of the cameras, with coverage generally limited to tight shots of the speaker or the podium.

The situation is similar in the Senate, which C-SPAN has televised since 1986.

C-SPAN's chairman and chief executive told Pelosi, D-Calif., that under this arrangement, cameras are prevented ''from taking individual reaction shots or from panning the chamber, leaving viewers with an incomplete picture of what's happening in the House of Representatives.''

Wild Thing's comment......

''I believe the dignity and decorum" .......Since when have Democrats been concerned about dignity and decorum?

Posted by Wild Thing at December 23, 2006 12:47 AM


She just does not want the public to see all the wheeling dealing, missing members, sleeping members, back slapping/back stabbing, card games, obscene gestures, Barney Frank soliciting, etc.

Posted by: TomR at December 23, 2006 08:49 AM

Tom, hahahahaha I can just visualize all of that too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 23, 2006 11:38 AM

Tom, you have nailed it perfectly, that and the fact that their work week starts Wednesday morning and ends the same evening while exposing those who don't even bother to show up, like that anonymous fella from Massachussetts, the one who's wenching in the ketchup plant. So much for their so called transparent open governmant.

The closed door and the sealed lips are prerequisites to tyranny.
--Frank L. Stanton

Posted by: Jack at December 23, 2006 02:47 PM