Pelosi's Response to Tax Return Challenge: Media Should Show Theirs!


But enough about me, let's talk about your taxes instead!

The press is still asking House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), after demanding that Mitt Romney release more tax records, whether it wouldn't also be appropriate for powerful Congressional leaders like herself to also do so. Her tactic at her weekly press briefing is to try to deflect the question by demanding media owners release their tax records. The video clip is here at Breitbart.com (apologies, I could not get it to embed).

The relevant quote: "Some people think the same standards should be held to the ownership of the news media in the country, who are writing these stories about all of this. What do you think of that?"

She seems like she's trying to joke about it (somebody in the clip is awkwardly laughing anyway), and she doesn't actually answer the question. Instead she tries to backtrack on whether she was "adamant" about Romney releasing his tax returns and ends with a whimper that it's traditional for presidents and presidential candidates to release them.

Arguably, it's also traditional for Congress members to try to hide how filthy stinking rich they also are in order to appear "close to the people," so Pelosi is following a fine, fine tradition.