Wednesday, April 07, 2010

A Top GOP Conservative Defends Pelosi, Slams Fox.

I don't know what's brought this about, but Tom Coburn has told a conservative audience that Nancy Pelosi is "a nice lady" and warned them against getting all of their information from Fox News:

“Come on now. She is nice – how many of you all have met her? She’s a nice person,” Coburn said as he went on to lecture the crowd about civility.

“Just because somebody disagrees with you don’t mean they’re not a good person,” Coburn said. “I’ve been in the senate for five years and I’ve taken a lot of that, because I’ve been on the small side –- both in the Republican Party and the Democrat Party.”

“What we have to have is make sure we have a debate in this country so that you can see what’s going on and make a determination yourself,” Coburn added and then again warned the crowd against the myths perpetrated on FOX News.

“So don’t catch yourself being biased by FOX News that somebody is no good. The people in Washington are good. They just don’t know what they don’t know,” Coburn said.


Coburn closed the town hall by telling the crowd to read broadly and warned the mostly conservative audience about the danger of getting all their information from the same source.
That's extraordinary. An ultra conservative warning his audience that Fox News are spreading disinformation that prevents people from seeing what is going on and making their own determination of the facts.
After a woman in the audience railed against the possibility of being put in prison for not obtaining health insurance under the Democrat’s new law, Coburn dismissed her remark and questioned the accuracy of Fox News reports on health care reform.

“The intention is not to put any one in jail. That makes for good TV news on FOX but that isn’t the intention,” Coburn responded.
There's nothing that he is saying that doesn't make perfect sense, it's simply extraordinary that such a conservative figure is pointing out the blatant bias exhibited on Fox.

Perhaps Coburn is trying to take a leaf out of Obama's book, realising that "one can disagree without becoming disagreeable".

Whatever he is up to, it is a startling change of tone. And it's to be welcomed.

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