Will there be any media introspection over the Paul Pelosi story?

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Paul Pelosi, and Nancy Pelosi attend the 2019 Time 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, in New York. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Will there be any media introspection over the Paul Pelosi story?

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It has been over a month since the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was attacked, spawning establishment media outrage over right-wing rhetoric, yet it still isn’t clear exactly what happened. If anything, establishment media have been making it harder to understand what happened.

According to Fox News media reporter Brian Flood, NBC News correspondent Miguel Almaguer has not appeared on the network since covering the story on Nov. 4. Almaguer reported that Paul Pelosi had opened the door for law enforcement but did not attempt to escape or tell responding police officers that he was in danger. Instead, he walked away from officers and toward the alleged assailant, who then hit Pelosi with a hammer.

Almaguer has since vanished from the network’s airwaves, and he hasn’t tweeted since Nov. 3. NBC erased video of the report from its website and Twitter feed. No explanation was given other than that “the piece should not have aired because it did not meet NBC News reporting standards,” and no explanation has been given for Almaguer’s prolonged absence.


This alone would be bizarre, but it gets even weirder. According to NBC Bay Area, “a source familiar with the Pelosi investigation who personally viewed the body camera footage” told the outlet that Pelosi did, in fact, open the door for officers. That would seem to confirm the other details of Almaguer’s report, namely that Pelosi did not attempt to flee or tell officers he was in danger. So if the body camera footage seemingly confirms Almaguer’s report, why was it not up to standard?

Was it because President Joe Biden’s Justice Department claimed that the door was opened by two police officers and not Pelosi? Did NBC simply not want to contradict the Biden administration and instead choose to punish its own reporter?

For all their concerns about “misinformation” and conspiracy theories, establishment media do a good job of spreading both. Politico, for example, reported that an “unknown person” had opened the door to Pelosi’s residence for the officers, only for the New York Times to turn around and declare that conservatives were spreading misinformation about an unknown person opening the door for officers. If anyone is fueling conspiracy theories about this story, it is establishment media outlets such as Politico and NBC News.


This is not to say that the more outlandish theories about the attack on Pelosi have any merit. But it does raise several questions about establishment media’s motives for covering the attack how they did (right before the midterm elections) and the standards they actually apply to their reporting. Establishment media have failed in reporting on a major news story once again, and no one in the industry seems eager to embrace some introspection on how that happened.

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