Skip to comments.Reid Flares Over Media Coverage of Energy Proposals (Asks Reporter: Do You Speak English?)
Posted on 07/25/2008 8:53:07 AM PDT by kristinn
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's advice to reporters who don't get his energy agenda: Check your hearing.
Reid, D-Nev., may look like a mild-mannered man, but when he's backed into a corner, this former boxer comes out swinging. On Thursday, the object of his ire was the Fourth Estate as he lashed at reporters quizzing him over stalled Democratic energy proposals.
At a "pen and pad" a more casual, off-camera chat with reporters Reid attacked and scolded correspondents in attendance, telling them he's "really disappointed" in how they have been writing his energy plans, which include a bill to reign in speculation in the energy futures markets.
According to two Senate Democratic aides, Reid and other Democratic leaders were particularly stung by an article Thursday in The New York Times. It followed on several other reports that have highlighted Democrats' attempts to fend off defections from their ranks to GOP-sponsored amendments, measures that would permit new drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf and in the West for oil shale.
Reporters tried to pin Reid down Thursday on the amendment issue.
In the exchange, Reid told one reporter she should "watch the [Senate] floor more often. ... You might learn something."
Another reporter explained she had watched the Senate proceedings and said it was not clear he was ... offereing separate amendments, to which Reid asked the reporter if she "spoke English."
"Turn up your Miracle Ear," Reid added.
Reid spokesman Jim Manley later told the reporter his boss's comments were a show of "frustration," not desperation.
The House No. 2 Republican, Roy Blunt of Missouri, told reporters today, "Clearly we've built a fire on energy that they're feeling the heat from."
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Do you speak English? Fair question nowadays.
Reigning in speculators = moving oil trading markets out of the USA and abandoning valuing oil in dollars?
Yes? No? Maybe?
wow - what a Klymer!
there’s a rigidity in washington d.c.
in both the u.s. congress and presidency
just heard t boone pickens on bill handel am 640, los angeles.
he praised mayor antonio villaraigosa for his energy views.
the mayor is an opportunist.
A former boxer? LOL!
Reid has an energy policy? who’d a thunk? I mean penalizing ‘speculators’ is sure gonna do a whole lot to ease the price of fuel...
funny how the president announces that he is ending the prohibition against drilling and the price of oil has been dropping ever since, except when pelosi said that she would not let the house drop it’s drilling bans.
Senator Reid, are you familiar with the term ‘9%’?
Does this turd realize that if the US starting drilling ferviously, the futures market he is trying to kill would be driving the cost of oil down very quickly.
Maybe the media has been taking their hero Obama’s advice and learning a foreign language ............
Former boxer? My cat could kick his butt..
>”Turn up your Miracle Ear,”<
Why don’t YOU start talking with a manly voice instead of whispering like a librarian.
Former boxer. I’d like a few rounds in the ring with him. He can bring Pelosi with him and I’ll box both of them at the same time. These Demotwits cease to amuse me.
Wow. Did he hand out preferred phrases and terms?
Of course. That's why he's planning to do it right after the election.
I’d take Reid in one hand, Pelosi in the other and club with them on Murtha’s tummy.
Contact your congress
Drill Here Drill Now
(Asks Reporter: Do You Speak English?)
Ted Knight in Caddyshack
Reid needs to be reminded that he is a public servant and lives off the taxpayer. Hey Senator,just shut up and answer the questions. If your boxer shorts are in a twist over a few questions,RESIGN!!!!