An NBC Bay Area affiliate report appears to give credence to the original segment on “Today” by NBC News national correspondent Miguel Almaguer that immediately disappeared after being posted online giving key details on Paul Pelosi’s brutal hammer attack.
(Video Credit: NBC Bay Area)
The coverage suggests that Pelosi may not have been in immediate danger as previously claimed when police arrived at his residence before the attack took place.
At issue is why state and federal prosecutors described the key detail of who answered the door that night differently, according to Fox News. The DOJ’s indictment claims the two police officers on the scene opened the door. The San Francisco District Attorney’s office claims it was Paul Pelosi himself who opened it.
NBC News national correspondent Miguel Almaguer reported on Nov. 4 that police had no clue they were responding to the Speaker of the House’s home that night. According to his reporting, Paul Pelosi opened the door for the police but he didn’t attempt to escape or say he was in danger. He instead walked back toward his alleged attacker, David DePape.
Almaguer’s report was deleted from all NBC News platforms later in the day. He has also gone dark and no one has seen the award-winning reporter since it was announced the network was investigating his actions in connection to reporting on the Pelosi incident. Word has it that he has now been suspended. NBC issued a vague note after the deletion, asserting, “This piece has been removed from publication because it did not meet NBC News reporting standards.”
BREAKING REPORT: NBC's Bay Area affiliate has running report QUESTIONING THE CIRCUMSTANCES of Paul Pelosi's hammer attack – Report includes SAME DETAILS as Today Show segment retracted for 'inaccuracies' that resulted in suspension of reporter Miguel Almaguer..
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) November 17, 2022
So an Emmy-winning NBC News journo reported that Paul Pelosi was not in danger when police arrived at his house, NBC removed the story from their website, have now retracted it and suspended the reporter with no explanation of what he did wrong.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 15, 2022
The local affiliate’s report gives a similar account of the events that night and asks pointed questions on why there are discrepancies by officials over the attack. Video and reporting by the media outlet are still online five days after they reported on the incident.
KNTV, NBC’s San Francisco local affiliate, is also known as NBC Bay Area. It aired the report last Friday with anchor Jessica Aguirre telling viewers that the media outlet’s investigative team “looked into why state and federal prosecutors each describe one specific detail of the police response differently,” before she handed it off to reporter Bigad Shaban.
“This all has to do with the moments, seconds really, just before Paul Pelosi was struck in the head with a hammer inside his San Francisco home. Now, there continues to be contradicting accounts of a relatively simple question,” Shaban stated. “Who opened the door that night when San Francisco police arrived to the Pelosi house?”
He went on to elaborate on the differing accounts between the DOJ and the San Francisco District Attorney’s office that previously stated, “Mr. Pelosi opened the door with his left hand.”
Body cam footage shows Paul Pelosi answering door. pic.twitter.com/FO4lajCgXn
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) November 16, 2022
The reporter cited “a source familiar with the investigation who personally watched the police body camera footage from that night,” and went on to remark that officers “knocked on the door of the Pelosi home, then backed away, and the video clearly shows Paul Pelosi open the door with his left hand.”
— Americas Tribune (@AmericasTribune) November 6, 2022
“The body cam video shows officers having a brief conversation with Pelosi and David DePape… before DePape starts beating Pelosi with a hammer,” Shaban recounted. “We reached out to the Department of Justice for an explanation of its differing account of this seemingly innocuous issue of who opened the door, but so far, we have not heard back.”
What an increasingly Jussie story
— Dallas Laser – Follows back Patriots (@Roadwarrior55x) November 17, 2022
A former senior NBC News executive who worked with Almaguer told Fox News Digital that the network needs to explain exactly what’s going on with the story.
“NBC’s silence on this matter speaks volumes. NBC owes it to its audience to be truthful and not cover this up,” the former executive commented.
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