C-SPAN’s Quest for Transparency

From Lamb’s Slaughter, about Brian Lambs letter to the Congressional leadership requesting C-SPAN have access to the House-Senate secret, non-conference meetings on health care:

“When Lamb’s letter became public a week later, a spokesman for Senate majority leader Harry Reid responded with a lightning strike into irrelevance: “What should truly concern the American people is the Republicans’ shamelessly transparent strategy to stop reform at all costs by relying on misinformation and myths. Their ploys are broadcast on C-SPAN for all of America to see.” (As the callers always say, Thanks for C-SPAN!)

“White House spokesman Robert Gibbs’s bumbling attempts at evasion played like a tape loop on YouTube, as did a brilliantly produced compilation of clips showing the repeated pledges of Senator Obama that President Obama would insist all “these [health care] negotiations [be broadcast] on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are.”

“Asked about the president’s campaign promise and Lamb’s letter, Speaker Nancy Pelosi weirdly said, “There are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail.”

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