Paul Pelosi the husband of Nancy Pelosi was seen opening his door for police the night he had been severely beaten last month by an intruder.
Early reports by the Biden Department of justice that Pelosi did not “declare an immediate emergency” to police were denied by the Biden Department. Miguel Almaguer, NBC’s reporter, was suspended Tuesday after he included that detail in his original report.
Bigad Shaban, NBC Bay Area reporter, claimed Wednesday that the police bodycam footage supports Almaguer’s original story “according to a source who was familiar with the Pelosi investigation and who personally viewed it.”
If true, Pelosi appeared to be in no imminent threat when police arrived. National NBC News may not have had any reason to scrub Almaguer’s story.
Fox News reports that NBC Bay Area, a local affiliate, stood by Bigad Shaban’s report.
NBC News national correspondent Miguel Almaguer reported on Nov. 4 for “Today” that police didn’t know they were responding to the Pelosi residence, Pelosi opened the door for police but didn’t attempt to escape or declare an emergency, and even walked away from law enforcement and toward his eventual attacker.
Later in the day, Almaguer’s report was removed from all NBC News platforms. It was removed from social media and NBC News posted an editor’s note to its website stating that Almaguer’s report did not conform to NBC News reporting standards.
However, a similar story by NBC’s local reporter was not retracted. It remained online on Wednesday morning.
The story is still up as filed last Wednesday and updated on Wednesday with the body cam angle.
NBC News would not publish a story about the husband and speaker of the House, who represent an embattled majority of House members in the weeks leading to a midterm election to decide control of the House.
To ask the question is to answer it.
There are two more questions, however.
The first is whether NBC News will rescind Almaguer’s suspension and offer an apology. The second is whether NBC News will scrub Almaguer’s original article, which seems to be factually correct, if politically inconvenient.