PBS’ ‘Pelosi Power’ is full of praise for the announcer, with little criticism

PBS’s “Frontline” series released a documentary highlighting the career of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who lauded the veteran lawmaker for railing against the “white capitalist patriarchy” system.

Frontline filmmaker Michael Kirk produced “Pelosi’s power,‘ which was released in March, spent much of the 78 minutes praising the 82-year-old California lawmaker.

“A gripping and unprecedented look at the life and legacy of the First Speaker of the House: how she has risen and wielded power over three decades, and how she has overcome severe challenges to her leadership and American democracy at the hands of former President Donald Trump and his.” allies,” reads the PBS episode description.

The documentary featured a wide range of Pelosi supporters and few critics, and often voiced opposition to her sexism. Select Pelosi supporters included; former adviser to President Obama David Axelrod, political activist and her daughter Christine Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and other liberal figures. Most testimonies praised Pelosi’s political wit and breaking down barriers for women.

“Nancy Pelosi is more comfortable with power than any other person I’ve covered,” said Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA Today.

“One thing Pelosi has never been accused of is bringing a knife to a shootout,” Robinson said.

“She’s a woman who challenges the President and the leader of the Republican Party. Within a white capitalist patriarchy, Nancy Pelosi is a person who should not have the authority to contradict the President of the United States during a war. So she’s a huge threat,” said Liberal columnist Rebecca Traister.

The documentary also included numerous former lawmakers who were close allies of Pelosi, all of whom praised the spokeswoman for her leadership. The small criticism it contained came from former Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. They criticized Pelosi for being bipartisan and leading the Democrats by refusing to work across the aisle.

PBS' "front line" Series released a documentary that traces the career of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
PBS’s “Frontline” series released a documentary that follows the career of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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PBS frames Pelosi’s career as a protagonist in a hostile environment. From her entry into a male-dominated institution to her battle with former President Trump. It often portrayed her opponents as sexist, downplaying her criticism and highlighting the praise she received. For example, in one segment, they highlighted the compliments and praise she received after a controversial meeting with Trump.

One of the segments that criticized the speaker was the rebellion Pelosi faced after the 2018 Democratic halftime win. Pelosi faced opposition from the far-left members of the Caucus, known as The group, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY, Ilhan Omar, Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib, Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, Mass. The documentary framed Pelosi as being out of touch compared to the new members. It highlighted how Ocasio-Cortez attended a climate change protest in Pelosi’s office on her first day in Congress.

“I think it probably annoyed you that you come here, haven’t achieved anything yet, you know nothing about politics when I’ve spent all these years learning the institution, learning the politics, learning how it Pull the levers,” said Matt Bai, columnist for The Washington Post. “I think it had to be annoying and kind of ironic at the end of the day.”

Compared to other documentaries Kirk has produced, Pelosi Power stands out for its lack of critical commentary. In his other documentaries such as Trump’s American Carnage, The Choice 2020: Trump vs Biden, The Mueller Investigation, and Zero Tolerance, he has been critical of conservatives and Republicans, particularly regarding former President Trump. Meanwhile, in “Pelosi’s Power,” Kirk portrays the longtime lawmaker as a fighter against an increasingly radical Republican party that will upend democracy in the United States.

“From her position as speaker, Pelosi is doing what she can to stop them,” the Frontline narrator said.

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