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Pelosi: ‘I Think That Mark Zuckerberg's Statement Was a Disgrace’

By CNSNews.com Staff | May 29, 2020 | 4:10pm EDT
 
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on MSNBC on Thursday: “I think that Mark Zuckerberg's statement was a disgrace.”

The speaker was apparently reacting to what Zuckerberg said in an interview with Dana Perino of Fox News that had been partially released on Wednesday.

In a clip from the interview that was posted by Fox Business on Wednesday, Perino said: “Twitter decided for the first time ever to fact-check one of President Trump’s tweets. … I wondered if you thought that Twitter might have made the wrong decision on this?”

Zuckerberg responded: “…We have a different policy, I think, than Twitter on this. You know, I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. I think in general private companies probably shouldn’t be—or, especially these platform companies—shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”

(For a story about Perino’s exchange with Zuckerberg click here.)

On Thursday, Andrea Mitchell asked Pelosi on MSNBC about Twitter’s action in fact checking the president’s tweet.

“Well, but let me just ask you, because the initial reason that [Twitter CEO] Jack Dorsey used for fact checking him was on mail-in voting,” said Mitchell. “And he is potentially influencing the accuracy, the possibility of the election, which is another very important issue.”

Pelosi responded: “Well, he does if we take it up. But let me just say…As far as the platforms are concerned, they want two things from the federal government, no regulation and no taxes. And, so, they cater to the Trump administration all the time. I think that Mark Zuckerberg's statement was a disgrace. And Twitter, they're not taking off any accusations the president's making about Joe Scarborough. They know that's not true. So, they do a token thing and think it's OK.

“So, again,” said Pelosi, “I don't know if there's honor among thieves, but that's the--they only have a business model to make money, not to convey facts. That's what they're about.”

Here is a transcript of the exchange between Andrea Mitchell and Nancy Pelosi about social media:

Andrea Mitchell: “First of all, your reaction to this proposed crackdown from the White House against the social media companies.

Nancy Pelosi: “I think it's just typical President Trump. A distraction. One hundred thousand people--more than 100,000 people have died from the coronavirus. This administration has been a failure in terms of what we're doing on testing, treating--testing, tracing, treating and isolating people. The president has been a terrible example of not wearing a mask, making--belittling those who do. So, anything he does is a distraction from the problem at hand.

Mitchell: “As someone who is --

Pelosi: “People are dying. Rome is burning and all people want to talk about is what he said next about this. That is a success for him.

So, I just, I just will not go there. It's about testing, testing, testing, to open up our schools so our children can go back safely. It's about opening up our economy so that we can flourish. So, it's about saving lives. And all of this is a distraction from the problem at hand. We have people dying and he's talking about one thing and another and then monopolizes the whole conversation. I just simply won't go there.”

Mitchell: “Well, but let me just ask you, because the initial reason that Jack Dorsey used for fact checking him was on mail-in voting. And he is potentially influencing the accuracy, the possibility of the election, which is another very important issue.”

Pelosi: “Well, he does if we take it up. But let me just say--let me just say as far as the platforms are concerned--

Mitchell: “I mean one thing is that--I'm just--yes. Sorry.

Pelosi: “As far as the platforms are concerned, they want two things from the federal government, no regulation and no taxes. And, so, they cater to the Trump administration all the time. I think that Mark Zuckerberg's statement was a disgrace. And Twitter, they're not taking off any accusations the president's making about Joe Scarborough. They know that's not true. So, they do a token thing and think it's OK.

So, again, I don't know if there's honor among thieves, but that's the--they only have a business model to make money, not to convey facts. That's what they're about.

“So, again, I see it as a distraction from what is the challenge at hand, which is to save lives. And every day the president comes up with another stunt and every day the airwaves are full of that stunt without holding him fully accountable for the lives that are lost because we don't have, under his leadership, an appropriate testing.

“Now we do in the Heroes Act. The Heroes Act has a robust, rapid testing, where we're reaching out to underserved communities, communities of color, which are seriously affected, disproportionately. Where we're saying that we're going to test, we're going to trace, we're going to treat, we're going to save lives as we engage in isolation and the rest. Countries, other countries, have not had the death toll. Some of the other countries haven't. They don't have a vaccine. They don't have any cures. But they do have good practices. And the president is a bad example. And we exactly--we have to keep our eye on the ball, saving lives to open the economy so that we can come back even stronger working together.”

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