Nancy Pelosi Takes Fox News to the All Sass Zone

Pressed by Fox reporters, she mocks the network.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) answers questions during a press conference October 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. Pelosi answered questions on the problems surrounding the website for the Affordable Care Act during her remarks. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
National Journal
Sarah Mimms
Feb. 6, 2014, 8:37 a.m.

Fox News dom­in­ated House Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi’s weekly press­er Thursday, look­ing for an­swers on why she and Pres­id­ent Obama con­tin­ue to snub the net­work. But all they got in re­turn was sass.

Two re­port­ers for Fox News shouted ques­tions to Pelosi about neg­at­ive com­ments the pres­id­ent al­legedly made at the White House about the news net­work, as well as her own re­fus­al to go on Bill O’Re­illy’s show.

First, a re­port­er for Sean Han­nity’s show ques­tioned Pelosi about neg­at­ive com­ments the pres­id­ent made re­gard­ing the net­work’s fair­ness dur­ing a meet­ing with House Demo­crats this week. The pres­id­ent com­plained in par­tic­u­lar, the re­port­er said, about the net­work’s cov­er­age of his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s hand­ling of the Benghazi at­tack and the IRS’s tar­get­ing of tea-party groups.

“I don’t re­mem­ber him talk­ing about that. Maybe he was talk­ing to someone in­di­vidu­ally or maybe it wasn’t im­port­ant to me among all of the won­der­ful things that we were talk­ing about we can do for the Amer­ic­an people,” Pelosi said. “But the pres­id­ent’s opin­ion or mine of Fox News is also, I don’t think, im­port­ant.”

“And by the way, I had the pleas­ure of be­ing on with Greta dur­ing the State of the Uni­on. So I en­joyed that,” she ad­ded.

A re­port­er for O’Re­illy’s pro­gram re­peatedly houn­ded Pelosi over a prom­ise she made to the Fox News host dur­ing an event at Kennedy Cen­ter, telling him that she would ap­pear on his show. “We’ve been call­ing your of­fice and you said you’ve been busy in Feb­ru­ary, March, April,” the re­port­er said, re­peatedly call­ing the lead­er a “wo­man of your word.”

Pelosi in­sisted, “I didn’t make any com­mit­ment to him. We were hav­ing a so­cial con­ver­sa­tion.” She ad­ded that the House is fre­quently out of ses­sion, giv­ing her little time to sit down with O’Re­illy in her of­fice. And, she re­peated, she did just ap­pear on Greta Van Suster­en’s pro­gram.

“In fact, it was at the White House. It was the first time I ever saw him — be­cause I nev­er see him on TV,” Pelosi said, to laughter.

A cam­era­man for the net­work kept his lens on the re­port­er, ig­nor­ing Pelosi, throughout the press­er, so ex­pect to hear more about Pelosi’s broken prom­ise on The O’Re­illy Factor in the near fu­ture.

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