Pelosi: ‘Yes, We'd Like Twitter to Put Up Their Fact Check [of] the President, But It Seems to be Very Selective’

By CNSNews.com Staff | May 29, 2020 | 10:56am EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) made critical comments about both Twitter and Facebook during her press briefing on Thursday.

“While Twitter is putting up their fact check under what the president says about voting, they still won't take off the misrepresentations the president is putting out there by the death--of a gentleman whose wife died and he's asking them to takedown the president's misrepresentations,” said Pelosi.

“Yes, we'd like Twitter to put up their fact check [of] the president, but it seems to be very selective,” she said. “Very selective.” 

“And, of course, you know my view of this and I've said it before,” said Pelosi. “Facebook, all of them, they are all about making money. Their business model is to make money at the expense of the truth and the facts that they know and they defend--they defend that. 

“I think Facebook has made tens of billions of dollars during this period of time when people are so reliant on social media and they testify that they have no responsibility for the truth,” she said. 

Pelosi went on to claim that Facebook panders to the White House.

“They got their tax break in 2017, the tax scam that gave all those advantages to the high end, and they don't want to be regulated,” she said. “So, they pander to the White House. You'll see what Facebook’s Zuckerberg is saying today about all of this. He just panders.”

“Tax cuts, no regulation, our business model is to misrepresent the facts and to be a platform to do that and to try to hide under freedom of speech, which is, of course, a complete violation of everything freedom of speech stands for. Freedom,” she said. 

“And they know--they knew during the 2016 elections that the Russians were engaged in foul play,” Pelosi said. “They knew because they saw where the money was coming from. Never occurred to them to check on that. 

“So, again, what the president is doing is--it's almost saying people who have been in cahoots with each other, you know, is there no honor among thieves. That's really kind of what it comes down to. They've all exploited the truths and some have made money off of it and some have made political capital off of their misrepresentations.”

As Associated Press story published on May 26 discussed the controversy over President Trump’s tweets about the death of a woman who worked on the staff of then-Rep. Joe Scarborough.

The AP said: “The husband of a woman who died by accident two decades ago in an office of then-GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough recently demanded that Twitter remove the president’s baseless tweets suggesting that Scarborough, now a fierce Trump critic, killed her. Twitter issued a statement expressing its regret to the husband but so far has taken no action on those tweets.”

Here is a transcript of Nancy Pelosi’s exchange with a reporter about President Trump and social media:

Nancy Pelosi: “Yes, ma’am.”

Reporter: “The president is expected to sign an executive order today that will essentially make the social media giants more liable to lawsuits as a result of what he says is censorship. What are your thoughts on this?”

Nancy Pelosi: “It's outrageous, but it’s an outrageous situation. While Twitter is putting up their fact check under what the president says about voting, they still won't take off the misrepresentations the president is putting out there by the death--of a gentleman whose wife died and he's asking them to takedown the president's misrepresentations. So, it's--Yes, we'd like Twitter to put up their fact check [of] the president, but it seems to be very selective. Very selective. 

And, of course, you know, my view of this and I've said it before: Facebook, all of them, they are all about making money. Their business model is to make money at the expense of the truth and the facts that they know and they defend, they defend that. I think Facebook has made tens of billions of dollars during this period of time when people are so reliant on social media and they testify that they have no responsibility for the truth.” 

Reporter: “Do you think that they should be further regulated? Do you think that they should be a publisher or a platform?” 

Pelosi: “Well, the fact is is that what they are is somebody who is avoiding taxes and regulation, and that's what they are about. And, so, when you see--all they want is to not pay taxes. They got their tax break in 2017, the tax scam that gave all those advantages to the high end, and they don't want to be regulated. So, they pander to the White House. You'll see what Facebook’s Zuckerberg is saying today about all of this. He just panders. 

“Tax cuts, no regulation, our business model is to misrepresent the facts and to be a platform to do that and to try to hide under freedom of speech, which is, of course, a complete violation of everything freedom of speech stands for. Freedom. And they know--they knew during the 2016 elections that the Russians were engaged in foul play. They knew because they saw where the money was coming from. Never occurred to them to check on that. 

“So, again, what the president is doing is--it's almost saying people who have been in cahoots with each other, you know, is there no honor among thieves. That's really kind of what it comes down to. They've all exploited the truths and some have made money off of it and some have made political capital off of their misrepresentations. 

“But what the president is doing is silly. It's silly. But let's say this, it's a distraction. I opened this meeting talking about testing, how it’s going it's going to save lives, open our economy, send our kids back to schools, save lives in the rest. We're talking about Twitter. So, let's get back to saving lives, okay? Yes, Sir? In the back there.”

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