Fox's Jarrett falsely claimed Pelosi "sort of suggested" that health care protesters are Nazis

››› ››› GREG LEWIS

Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett falsely claimed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "sort of suggested that any American citizen who dared voice an objection in a protest is a Nazi, apparently based on one isolated incident." However, Pelosi actually said of the protesters, "They're carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on health care," a claim that is true, and swastikas have appeared at more than "one isolated incident."

Jarrett claimed Pelosi "sort of suggested that any American citizen that dared voice an objection in a protest is a Nazi"

Jarrett said during the August 10 edition of Fox News' Studio B with Shepard Smith:

JARRETT: First of all, in the beginning, Pelosi sort of suggested that any American citizen who dared voice an objection in a protest is a Nazi, apparently based on one isolated incident. But now, she's stepped it up and she's labeling protesters "un-American." Isn't that destructive rather than constructive?

Pelosi actually said health care protesters were "carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on health care"

Speaking to reporters, Pelosi was asked if she thought there was "legitimate grassroots opposition" at recent town hall events. She responded:

PELOSI: I think they're Astroturf; you be the judge. They're carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on health care.

Pelosi was right, and swastikas have appeared at more than "one isolated incident"

As Media Matters senior fellow Eric Boehlert and Fox News contributor Alan Colmes have noted, multiple protesters at health care reform protests have held signs featuring swastikas.

Jarrett distorted Pelosi's "un-American" claim

In saying that Pelosi is "labeling protesters un-American," Jarrett joined his Fox News colleagues in distorting Pelosi's August 10 USA Today op-ed, in which she and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer wrote that "it is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue" and that "[d]rowning out opposing views is simply un-American."

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