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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:46 PM

Pelosi NEVER said she was "struggling to make ends meet."

It's a phoney baloney quote. She never said it. I know I'm starting a thread on a topic that already has a thread but I think false quotes like this need to be shot down as quickly as possible so that they don't become entrenched as "common knowledge" like the "Gore claimed he invented the Internet" lie. (He never made that claim; that's the lie.)

Here's the original story: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/283341-pelosi-congressional-pay-cut-undermines-dignity-of-the-job-

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Response to Nine (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:51 PM

1. K&R

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Response to Nine (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:52 PM

2. You mean she never had to make do with "pasta and tuna"?

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Response to Nine (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 03:02 PM

3. I can't stand when people paraphrase then use quotation marks...

as if somebody actually said what they paraphrased. Drives me nuts.

I was wondering why I didnt see a link to the actual "quote" anywhere. It doesn't exist?

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Response to bunnies (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 03:33 PM

4. Yes, right here on DU:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022392954

wherein it's clear that she's talking, not about herself, but about "other senators".

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Response to marybourg (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 03:38 PM

5. In the end, it doesn't matter if it is her or anybody else

NONE of those people in Congress are hurting financially and most of them aren't worth shit.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 03:57 PM

9. point is... she never actually said "struggling to make ends meet".

she said "It's a hard question to ask me because most of my colleagues are the breadwinners in their families," she said. "A pay cut to me doesn't mean as much."

msn decided to add the struggling part themselves. A+ journalism right there.

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Response to Nine (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 03:43 PM

6. Right. She said some people making only $174K are struggling.

And your outrage here is noted.

She said something incredibly stupid and offensive about people who make $174,000 per year.

But she was not talking about herself personally.

So her comment is only like 97% offensive instead of 99% offensive.

Hooray.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 03:54 PM

8. I have missed where she is quoted as saying...

"struggling to make ends meet".

Here's her exact quote from the source msm used:


"It's a hard question to ask me because most of my colleagues are the breadwinners in their families," she said. "A pay cut to me doesn't mean as much."


She NEVER says "struggling to make ends meet".

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/283341-pelosi-congressional-pay-cut-undermines-dignity-of-the-job-

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Response to bunnies (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 04:18 PM

11. Fair enough. I retract my comment.

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Response to Nine (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 03:49 PM

7. No, she said that the "dignity of the job" is somehow worth more than struggling on 174K

If it's that difficult for these lawmakers; find another fucking job!

Just like the rest of us; GASP!

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Response to Nine (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 04:13 PM

10. It's not a false quote. You posted one article from one source and proud2BlibKansan

posted an article from a different source and "struggling to make ends meet." was in the article that was quoted. But no matter what, Nancy inferred that some politicians are struggling,. and that's a real joke.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:16 PM

12. thats just wrong.

"It's a hard question to ask me because most of my colleagues are the breadwinners in their families," she said. "A pay cut to me doesn't mean as much."

msn made the struggling bullshit up. Plain & simple.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:27 PM

13. The point is, that quote was in the article posted by

proud2BlibKansan.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #13)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:38 PM

16. no it wasnt.

it wasn't in quotes at all. See? From the link Kansan used:


Pelosi, whose husband, Paul, is a legit real-estate mogul, was quick to add that slicing her own paycheck wouldn’t "mean as much" as those senators who struggle to make ends meet on $174,000 per year.


msn interjected that phrase themselves and omitted the full quote that appears in their source. Their "source" article is actually the one linked in this OP (& on msn).

Its some serious bullshit journalism msn pulled which was obviously intended to inflame. And apparently, at least on DU, it worked. They used three whole words from her original quote and turned it into a friggin witch hunt. It'd be laughable if it wasn't so infuriating.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #16)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:54 PM

18. I don't know but when I posted my reply in #10

"struggling to make ends meet." I copied and pasted from the article. All I added were the quotation marks. Perhaps it was changed. But IMO Kansan did nothing wrong. It's the media but I don't see a witch hunt, And it was a silly remark for Nancy to say. If these politicians are struggling maybe they should do their job and get on board with plans to fix the economy instead of torpedoing it like they have been doing.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #18)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 10:41 AM

19. Oh come on.

It was in the article kansan posted because the MSN writer MADE IT UP. Nancy NEVER said it. Why is this so difficult? All you have to do is look at MSNs own linked source to see the actual quote!!

Neither of the articles were changed. Its a bullshit "quote" that isnt even a quote! ahhhh!

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Response to bunnies (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 10:51 AM

20. whatever n/t

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Response to bunnies (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:28 PM

15. And yet it was shared here and hardly questioned.

Same shit, different day.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:46 PM

17. Its ridiculous.

Don't we have enough real shit to worry about without being trolled by some hack at msn? FFS! I can't understand why we're so quick and so ravenous when it comes to eating our own.

Now we'll have to keep debunking this bullshit "quote" ad nauseam while DU freaks out over something that was NOT said. Great.

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Response to Nine (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:28 PM

14. If anyone wants to claim Pelosi said this, show us the proof please. (nt)

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Response to Nine (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 11:38 AM

21. kick

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