NBC removes Paul Pelosi video from website


On Nov. 4, NBC removed a clip that aired during the company’s “Today” show hours earlier, featuring a reporter, citing sources, talking about the attack on Paul Pelosi.

Miguel Almaguer, the reporter, said officers who attended the Pelosi residence on Oct. 28 “didn’t seem to know it was the home of the Speaker of the House,” or Rep. Nancy Pelosi ( D-California).

Almaguer also said officers knocked on the door and announced themselves. Court documents indicate that Paul Pelosi opened the door. Almaguer said Paul Pelosi “did not immediately declare an emergency or attempt to leave his home, but instead began to back several meters toward the attacker and away from the police.”

He also said that “it was unclear if the 82-year-old was already injured or what his mental state was.”

The reporter cited “sources familiar with what transpired at the Pelosi residence.”

The web page that hosted the video now lists it as “expired”. An editor’s note added to the page says “the article should not have aired because it did not meet NBC News reporting standards.”

The same video is still available on NBC.com.

A spokesperson for NBC did not respond to a request for comment. Almaguer could not be reached.

Today also deleted a Twitter post promoting the video.

Occurrence reports filed

Authorities say a man named David DePape broke into the Pelosi home in San Francisco around 2 a.m. on October 28 and woke Paul Pelosi, demanding to know the whereabouts of his wife. DePape told officers he intended to kidnap Nancy Pelosi and break her kneecaps if she didn’t tell the truth.

Paul Pelosi asked permission to use the bathroom and DePape let him, according to the documents. Paul Pelosi called 911. DePape and Paul Pelosi then got off, where they were when officers arrived minutes after the call.

According to a motion filed by the office of San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, an officer rang the doorbell after he and a partner arrived at the scene. DePape ordered Paul Pelosi not to answer the door, but Paul Pelosi did anyway. When the door opened, officers saw the two men in the “dimly lit foyer” facing officers. Paul Pelosi “greeted them nervously but calmly,” the motion reads. DePape said “everything is fine.” An officer clicked his flashlight and saw DePape holding the handle of a hammer in one hand and Paul Pelosi’s right arm in the other. Paul Pelosi had one hand on top of the hammer.

One of the officers said, “Drop the hammer!” DePape reportedly said, “uh, no.” DePape tried to pull the hammer out and did so successfully moments later. He then stepped back and hit Paul Pelosi in the head head-on with the hammer.

The officers then attacked DePape and disarmed him.

San Francisco authorities have refused to release the call or body camera footage of responding officers.

An affidavit from an FBI agent, supporting the federal charges against DePape, also failed to mention that Paul Pelosi was returning.

“When the door was opened, Pelosi and DEPAPE were both holding a hammer in one hand and DEPAPE had his other hand holding Pelosi’s forearm. Pelosi greeted the officers,” wrote Stephanie Minor, the agent.

DePape told officers everything was fine and then refused to comply with the request to drop the hammer, instead taking control and punching Paul Pelosi, Minor added.

DePape has not shared his side of the story and his public defender, Adam Lipson, has not commented on the specifics of the case, telling reporters this week that he still has not reviewed the latest filing for the San Francisco District Attorney.

Paul Pelosi underwent emergency surgery and has since been discharged from hospital. DePape is being held, without bail at this time.


Zachary Stieber covers US and world news for The Epoch Times. He is based in Maryland.

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