Pelosi Abandons "Most Open" Pledge, Completes Trifecta
The other, other shoe has finally dropped in Pelosi's race to vacate her farcical reform promises, something we've been waiting for since her rapid eschewal of the "most ethical" and "most honest" components of the pledge.
This last bit took a little time to come around, but it's still impressive that she's now managed to expose the entirety of her pledge as mere campaign piffle, even before officially assuming the majority.
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.
Brian Lamb wrote Pelosi on Dec. 14 that media cameras long have been permitted to cover committee hearings and that for a dozen years or more independent cameras have been allowed into the chamber for joint sessions and joint meetings in the House.
He said C-SPAN would cover floor proceedings in the same manner it covers hearings _ ''fully, accurately and with the unbiased production style on which we've built our reputation for the past 28 years.''
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.''
Lamb said in an interview he was ''very disappointed'' by Pelosi's decision. He said he tried unsuccessfully to change the policy when Republicans gained control of the House in 1995 and thought this would be another good opportunity because Pelosi has stressed that this will be the most open and ethical Congress in history.
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