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Mainstream Scream: Cokie on Grover

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

On Sunday's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" roundtable, veteran newswoman Cokie Roberts ripped into GOP anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist, head of the group Americans for Tax Reform and whose "no new taxes" pledge many Republicans have signed.

She said, "It's...politically smart to cut the knees out from under Grover Norquist. I mean this guy is, you know, who is he? He's an unelected lobbyist." Critics of Norquist should say that "the emperor has no clothes," she said, adding, "To say that, is I think is very useful."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Nice irony of an unelected journalist denouncing an 'unelected lobbyist.' In showing such disdain for a political activist who only has influence to the extent politicians agree with him, is Roberts jealous that he is intruding on the power of the media to push the political process in Obama's favor?"

Rating: Three out of five screams.