An account at the conservative site Newsbusters gave a rare “kudos” to CNN’s Rick Sanchez for pursuing the question doggedly as Mrs. Jackson Lee repeatedly evaded and filibustered questions about the video, which shows Mrs. Jackson Lee talking into her phone onstage while a constituent tries to ask her a question.
“After [Mr. Sanchez] repeatedly asked why she did it and if it was disrespectful, the Texas Democrat bizarrely raised the possibility that the YouTube video of her on the phone was ‘doctored,’ ” Matthew Balan of the Media Research Center wrote at his Newsbusters blog (http://newsbusters. org/blogs/matthew-balan).
When Mr. Sanchez sought elaboration on the “doctored” charge and asked her to look at the video and confirm it was her, Mrs. Jackson Lee refused, saying she is “not going to focus on distractions” and “I know nothing about the video, Rick, and I’m not going to comment on it.”
“Then why make the accusation in the first place, Representative?” wrote an exasperated Mr. Balan.
Jackson Lee II
It’s a town-hall twofer. Not only did the meeting hosted by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee produce ridicule about the cell phone call, but there turns out to have been some medical “Astroturf” during the Aug. 11 meeting in Houston (an appropriate city for “Astroturf”).
The headline from Patterico’s Pontifications has to be repeated: “Roxana Mayer: I’m Not a Doctor But I Play One at Townhall Meetings.”
In a rebuttal to the claim that conservative bloggers don’t do reporting, “Patterico” suspected something wasn’t right about Ms. Mayer, who identified herself as a doctor when asking a question and was referred to as one in a Houston Chronicle report and photograph.
“Patterico,” the nom de blog of Patrick Frey, first noted that a Web site run by the pro-Obama Organizing for America “shows a Roxana Mayer was a Texas delegate for Obama, a fact not noted in the Chronicle story.
“But I can’t find any evidence that she’s a doctor. Instead, I find evidence of a Roxana Mayer who appears to be a graduate student studying social work at the University of Houston, where Jackson Lee’s husband is a vice president for student affairs. If Roxana Mayer is a doctor, she isn’t listed where you would expected her to be listed. For example, the AMA Doctor Finder doesn’t list any physician named Roxana Mayer. Nor does the Texas Medical Association,” he wrote.
The conservative blogger acknowledged that this wasn’t definitive, but said “it’s enough to make me go: Hmmm.” A later post nailed it down, reprinting e-mail correspondence between “Patterico” and Ms. Mayer, who is in fact a University of Houston student.
Ms. Mayer acknowledged being the person who questioned Mrs. Jackson Lee and not being a doctor, writing that “I suspect you don’t need me to answer” those questions. She added, “But I’ll say for what it’s worth, I went to get a question answered for myself and two other people close to me who are doctors. Too bad she didnt answer it.”
Mrs. Jackson Lee not answer a question? Unimaginable.
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