NBC News blasted by critics over retracted Paul Pelosi report as questions persist: ‘So much damage done’

A prominent media watchdog is calling on NBC News to be “more transparent” about last week’s stunning retraction of a report on the Paul Pelosi attack, and critics from all quarters are calling for more explanations.

“It is NBC’s responsibility to be more transparent about the process and to say publicly what, if anything, was inaccurate in the report,” wrote Steve Krakauer.

Krakauer, editor of media newsletter Fourth Watch, believes journalism has traditionally been a “skeptical” profession, but the way NBC News handled the Pelosi story is evidence things have changed dramatically.

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NBC News retracted its report by correspondent Miguel Almaguer, which included claims that Paul Pelosi answered the door for police and did not immediately declare an emergency when they arrived.

NBC News retracted its report by correspondent Miguel Almaguer, which included claims that Paul Pelosi answered the door for police and did not immediately declare an emergency when they arrived.
(Screenshot/NBC News)

“Now much of the old press is particularly anti-skeptical. And much of the uninterested press labeled any skepticism about this attack and break-in as a dangerous conspiracy theory,” Krakauer wrote.

Indeed, a number of unanswered questions remain about the specifics of what led to the attack on Pelosi. As Krakauer asked, “How could Pelosi call 9-1-1, and why did the attack only happen after the police arrived?” How could Pelosi open the door to the police while essentially being held hostage? Why wasn’t she there? a security system with an alarm that went off after the glass broke and the back door was opened at 2am, alerting the police immediately to a break-in?”

NBC news reporter Miguel Almaguer attempted to answer some of those questions Friday morning, citing sources familiar with the situation who said police were unaware they were responding to the Pelosi residence. Pelosi answered the door but made no attempt to flee or declare an emergency, even walking away from law enforcement and toward his would-be attacker.

Almaguer concluded his report by telling Today co-host Craig Melvin: “We still don’t know exactly what transpired between Mr. Pelosi and the suspect in the 30 minutes she was alone in this house before the police arrive. Officials investigating these new details would not go into further detail.”

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But Almaguer’s report was quickly deleted from all NBC News platforms on Friday. It was deleted from social media, and NBC News posted an editor’s note on its website that read, “This article has been removed from publication because it did not meet NBC News reporting standards.”

It’s unclear what exactly from Almaguer’s report failed to meet the network’s “reporting standards.”

(Left) Paul Pelosi and Nancy Pelosi attend the Pre-GRAMMY Gala.  (Right) David De Pape

(Left) Paul Pelosi and Nancy Pelosi attend the Pre-GRAMMY Gala. (Right) David De Pape
(Michael Short/San Francisco Chronicle)

NBC’s corporate line was that a decision was made to remove the segment “after it was discovered shortly after airing that the primary source for the information regarding the circumstances encountered by police when they arrived at the home was unreliable.” was”.

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“It’s crucial to look at what NBC is saying and especially what they are not saying. If Almaguer’s report was inaccurate, then why shouldn’t NBC just say so in the editor’s note (stating only that he didn’t meet? the ‘reporting standards’) or in the source citation NBC is allowed to wash the story through the [Washington] Post and CNN suspecting, but not finding, that there were inaccuracies in their veteran reporter’s story,” Krakauer wrote. “Instead, like Dasha Burns before who dared to tell the truth about her interaction with John Fetterman, Miguel Almaguer seems to be hung out to dry by both NBC and the entire corporate media apparatus, determined to dismiss any hint of skepticism about the official narrative.” to crush.

Burns is the NBC News reporter who was scolded by mainstream media peers for reporting that Fetterman, a Democrat who wanted to represent Pennsylvania in the US Senate, was struggling to make small talk after suffering a stroke.

Krakauer suggested Almaguer could have reported something that should remain classified, or the veteran reporter offered an angle that the San Francisco Police Department out there wanted to have.

“Whatever the backstory, we don’t know – and it’s on NBC to be more transparent about the process and publicly say what, if anything, was inaccurate in the report,” Krakauer wrote. “Meanwhile, the rest of the media pretended it didn’t happen.”

NBC News did not immediately respond to questions about what exactly was wrong with Almaguer’s report and for comment on Krakauer’s criticism.

Krakauer isn’t the only one bringing the heat to NBC. Leftist Pod Save America host Dan Pfeiffer said NBC couldn’t have handled the matter worse and was only feeding conspiracy theorists.

“May we ask WTF about the NBC report or not?” asked independent journalist Matt Taibbi.

“This flawed NBC news report has already done so much damage. SFPD/prosecutors must release the bodycam footage and US Capitol Police should release the CCTV feed to allow truth to prevail over conspiracy theories. They were unfounded, but not after NBC’s retracted report,” reporter Brendan Keefe wrote.

Paul Pelosi was released from hospital on Thursday, nearly a week after the shocking attack at his home. The 82-year-old underwent emergency surgery for a fractured skull. DePape was charged multiple crimesincluding attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and elder abuse.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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