An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

February 9, 2007

MSM Catches UP

Filed under: Congress, Economy, Environment, Government — olbroad @ 9:32

CBS, and Then ABC and NBC, Catch Up with Pelosi Jet Controversy

On Wednesday evening, CBS became the first of the broadcast networks to cover the controversy over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s efforts to acquire access to a larger military jet than what her predecessor used. CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric relayed that Pelosi’s request for a “big travel upgrade” was coming at a time when “they’re cracking down on congressional perks.” After pointing out that Pelosi “finds herself on the defensive” as military officials are “grumbling,” correspondent Sharyl Attkisson gave attention to House Republican Whip Roy Blunt’s concern that the extra seats on such a large aircraft might be used for fund-raising purposes.

Typical for the MSM, coming in during halftime and thinking they’ve done something. I haven’t commented on the “jet set” because I knew so many others would touch on it, and do a much better job, but this is really starting to annoy me.

I don’t care if Speaker Pelosi has a plane or not. What I do care about is the hypocrisy of so many on the left. Contrary to what Sharyl Attkisson says, the Speaker is third in line, not “second“. Her safety should be a major concern for all Americans. However, why does she need a plane with a crew of 14 or 16, or whatever it was? I fly on a plane, usually packed to the gills, and they have maybe 6 people in the crew. You need a pilot and a co-pilot. If I could get up and get my own package of stale pretzels, I’d have no problem. Of course, that won’t happen, so ya need a couple of attendants, at least, depending on the size of the plane. Smaller ones only have one attendant to deal with a bunch of crabby passengers. No doubt, Speaker Pelosi would have an entourage that could deal with her every whim, so why the need for so many in the crew?

If former Speaker Hastert had a plane to go to and fro from D.C., then Speaker Pelosi should as well.  Just make sure that the plane, whatever they settle on, is not sucking more of the life from the American taxpayer; after all, those “perks” are what angered the voters.  And, she doesn’t need a bedroom.  If she’s sleepy, she can make do, just like the rest of us!  Use earplugs, a sleep mask, and take your own pillow!

Do they have energy efficient jets?



  1. Kate, how thoughtless of you. She needs that plane because SHE’s Nancy Pelosi, The FIRST FEMALE Speaker of the House. THAT’s why. I just don’t understand your lack of understanding! LOL

    Comment by Billiam — February 9, 2007 @ 9:50

  2. (hanging head in shame) 🙂

    Comment by olbroad — February 9, 2007 @ 9:51

  3. Give her a Piper Cub.

    Comment by The Asian Badger — February 9, 2007 @ 10:46

  4. You gonna fly her? 🙂

    Comment by olbroad — February 9, 2007 @ 11:11

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