Friday, September 09, 2005

Nancy Pelosi dukes it out with Kyra Phillips

September 8th, 2005:

PHILLIPS: But what about all those warnings...

PELOSI: ... may I please respond

PHILLIPS: What about all the
warnings from the Army Corps of Engineers...

PELOSI: But the Army Corps
of Engineers...

PHILLIPS: ... years ago, saying there's a problem with
these levees, there's a problem with this city.

PELOSI: Myra, Myra,

PHILLIPS: It's Kyra. It's Kyra.

PELOSI: ... if you want to make a case for the White House, you
should go on their payroll.
But the (INAUDIBLE)...

PHILLIPS: I'm not making a case for the White House, by all means,
believe me.

PELOSI: ... that the White House has cut this year 72
percent of the request from Louisiana for flooding money. The White House has
cut the Army Corps of Engineers by a large percentage in this last fiscal

the rest of the transcript is at Arianna's, here.

When I read this at the Huffington Post, I was reminded of something Jeanne at Body and Soul wrote about Kyra Phillips in 2003. Actually a couple of items, both worth recalling:

1.December 11th, 2003:

from "The doctrine of American infallibility":

"CNN has not given up its quest for an answer to the Kyra Phillips question: Do our victims understand why we need to maim and kill them? The Kyra Phillips moral dilemma reflects a theology I'm unfamiliar with:
Redemption through the understanding of the victim, with no obligation to stop
victimizing. From the Church of America, perhaps*.

And it's not just the
headline.The CNN story reports bizarre interpretations by the military as if they made perfect sense. The children were discovered crushed beneath a collapsed wall, but the lieutenant colonel CNN quotes isn't sure the wall collapsed because we were dropping bombs on the village a short while before."

and Kyra exhibit No. 2, April 17th, 2003: "Sally Field imperialism"

*I think I do understand this "theology," and may discuss it later this weekend. The evolution in Jeanne's tone from April to December of 2003 is interesting too. - JV

CNN screenshot via crooks and