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Email: "Are You Sick of PELOSI Yet?"

October 01, 2009 2:07 pm ET

The following email has been widely forwarded and has been reposted numerous times on conservative blogs.  Media Matters Action Network has written a response to the text below.  Please feel free to copy and paste it and send to your friends.

Are You Sick Of Pelosi Yet?

[note - all mistakes below are original to the text]

Response

Hey, thanks for sending this along.  Pelosi sure would be "styling" if she is really flying around the country in a big jet for $5.7 million a year.  But I did some checking around and found out that this story just isn't true.

Snopes.com says that this email is just "a revised and recirculated version of a rumor that originally surfaced in February 2007 (just after Pelosi assumed the Speaker of the House position)."  According to Snopes.com, it was the House Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood who requested that Pelosi have access to a military plane that would allow her to travel non-stop from Washington to California for "safety reasons" because she is third in the line of succession to the presidency.  Snopes.com notes that according to the Los Angeles Times:

"For years, speakers flew commercial like everybody else in congress. But after the Sept. 11 attacks, it was deemed that anyone two heartbeats away from the presidency warranted a military jet."

Even though Pelosi needs a military plane, Snopes.com quoted Pelosi as saying "I have never asked for a larger plane....This is a myth...."

It also says that the Air Force Weekly travel reports "show Speaker Pelosi making 20 trips between Washington and California in 2007 and 2008, but always on the smaller C-20B and C-37A aircraft, never on the 'big fat 200-seat" C-32 jet the email claims she uses weekly.'

So, it looks like this email is a "big fat" lie. You can read the whole report yourself: 
http://www.snopes.com/politics/pelosi/jet.asp and on FactCheck.org at http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/did_nancy_pelosi_order_up_a_200-seat.html

I'm all for keeping our politicians honest, but let's make sure that the information we circulate is accurate!

Take care!



 


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