A clever and competent reader recently informed us that we have an ongoing tag on Snopes. As you all know, Snopes is a liberal rag, so I consider this a badge of honor. I was curious and decided to do a quick search on the website and stumbled upon this gem, and I can’t stop giggling over it. Snopes is so pathetic.
The “controversy” was over an article I wrote last summer, mocking Pelosi for this unfortunate tweet:
[email protected] calling out Republican hypocrisy is music to my ears. Americans deserve to know what’s in the bill. #Trumpcare
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 20, 2017
It’s obvious why it’s funny. In 2010, Pelosi famously stated, “We [need] to pass the bill [The Affordable Care Act] in order to find out what [is] in it.”
That was the point of my entire post. Pelosi is a hypocrite.
But Snopes wasn’t so sure. This called for an INVESTIGATION.
Now for the best part. Get a load of Snopes’ desperate attempt to prove us wrong.
On 21 June 2017, the web site Chicks on the Right reported that Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had said, of the Affordable Care Act, in 2010 “We [need] to pass the bill in order to find out what [is] in it.”
The website contrasted this with Pelosi’s tweet, on 20 June 2017, in which she declared that “Americans deserve to know” what’s in the Republican health care bill being developed during the summer of 2017.
Snopes proceeded to provide the video of Pelosi uttering those remarks and admitted that she did, in fact, say that.
As you can see, it’s true that Pelosi did utter these words: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”. However, the article leaves out important context, including the next few words:
Oh, context huh? Tell us Snopes. What crucial portion did we leave out?
We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.
That’s it. That’s Snopes’ “proof” that we took her out of context. It’s hilarious, because the end of that sentence doesn’t change the tone or point of her message in any way whatsoever. If anything, it reinforces it. She was literally saying that they needed to pass the bill to find out what’s in it, because there’s no way they’d get to the bottom of it beforehand. She wanted to avoid contentious debates and let it pan out afterward.
As you can see, Snopes accidentally proved we were right.
Snopes is clearly butthurt over our entire existence, and I love it.
Like much reporting and commentary surrounding that remark over the past seven years, the Chicks on the Right article also leaves out the remarks made by Pelosi in the lead-up to the now-infamous soundbite.
The lead-up doesn’t change the meaning of her remarks either. It reinforces that we were right.
“You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention–it’s about diet, not diabetes. It’s going to be very, very exciting.”
That’s what she said right before. Someone tell me how that changes anything. I’ll wait.
Wait. Snopes wasn’t done. I’m guessing whoever wrote the article got the feeling they had a pretty weak argument, so they decided to switch things up and explained what Pelosi probably MEANT to say, even though they didn’t actually know.
Although the point is not made clearly or explicitly, it appears that the sense of Pelosi’s remarks was that the benefits (in her view) of the bill – rather than the contents of the bill – would only be fully revealed to the public after it was passed and implemented.
As you can see, Snopes– a “fact-checking” website– decided to completely rework the meaning of Pelosi’s remarks just for the hell of it. Last time I checked, that’s not something fact-checking websites were supposed to do.
I’m continually amazed by the lengths those jokers will go to attempt to “prove” conservatives wrong, but it’s always fun to watch them accidentally throw themselves under the bus in the process.