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Hume Smears Pelosi – But Transcript Is Incomplete

Reported by Priscilla - April 25, 2008 -

As I noted yesterday, Fox’s “Grapevine” Segment on the “Special Report” is a short, punchy piece which provides maximum propaganda with minimum facts. Yesterday’s (April 24th) “Grapevine” was classic Fox/rightwing agitprop as it contained just the right mixture of agitation and propaganda in its treatment of the latest bit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bashing to be making the rounds of the rightwing blogosphere.

At issue is the quote from Speaker Pelosi’s Earth Day message: “The Bible tells us that to minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship, and that to ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us. On this Earth Day, and every day, let us pledge to our children, and our children’s children, that they will have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature.” Rightwing Christians are claiming that she actually quoted from the bible and are taking great satisfaction in thinking that there is no such quote.

Fox does seem to run with whatever is “hot” in the rightwing community; and thus, Brit Hume, used this issue to lead off his “Grapevine.” He claimed that “biblical scholars are challenging House Speaker Pelosi’s continued use of what she characterizes as a Bible verse to support her push for global warming legislation.” The chyron read “gospel truth?” under a photo of Pelosi. Hume then showed her earth day statement quoted above. He said that she used this quote on “other occasions;” but did not name them and added that “Cybercast News reports several experts say the passage does not exist and does not appear to be a paraphrase of something similar.” Two “scholarly” quotes, stating that there is not such quote in the bible, were shown. Hume completed the piece by stating that “Pelosi’s office says the speaker heard a priest quote the verse during a Mass in San Francisco.”

Comment: It’s apparent that this bit of faux outrage started with the article by Pete Winn (and which appears to be Hume’s source) of the Cybercast News Service. CNS, formerly known as Conservative News Service is a subsidiary of Brent Bozell’s Media Research Center so we’re not exactly talking “fair and balanced, here.” But here’s the thing – Winn puts quotes in front of “to minister” and ends quotes at “nature” which make it appear that she was quoting from the Bible. Mr. Winn, in his zeal to do a “gotcha” on Pelosi, either didn’t read her statement carefully or deliberately misquoted her because her address, which I took straight from her website, has no quotes around the comment. She was merely summarizing the biblical admonitions to be stewards of God’s creation as noted in Genesis 2:15 “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it”. This thought is echoed by The Rev. Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention who said “The Bible says the Earth is for human betterment.” And no discussion, on Fox, of Speaker Pelosi would be complete without a dig at that truly wonderful city of San Francisco which according to the rightwing is full of dangerous radicals, including Catholic Priests! The interesting thing is that on the Fox News transcript of the Grapevine, this San Francisco comment is not included. So is the transcript just a mistake or a lie? The bible says that deception isn’t a good thing – now what was that Commandment quote???