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As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office confirmed that she made a maskless visit to a hair salon despite COVID-19 restrictions, one reporter seemed only concerned about a security camera in the shuttered business.
Politico’s Carla Marinucci was slammed online after tweeting a question about the legality of videotaping Pelosi without her consent after Fox News reported on the Democrat’s visit to a salon in San Francisco. The California congresswoman came under backlash Monday after video surfaced of her inside of eSalon with wet hair and without a mask though face coverings are mandatory.
Amid the condemnation and outcry over the double standard, the political reporter at Politico chose to focus on an entirely different aspect of Pelosi’s appointment.
“Have to ask upon seeing this: Is it legal in CA — a “two party consent” state — to videotape someone in a private home or business without their consent?” Marinucci, senior writer for Politico’s California Playbook, asked on Twitter in response to the Fox News story.
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) September 1, 2020
Pelosi reportedly had an appointment with a stylist renting space at the salon which remained closed since March due to coronavirus restrictions. Salons have been allowed to partially reopen under new rules that took effect this week but are limited to only cutting hair outdoors.
While the salon owner, Erica Kious, told Fox News that Pelosi’s visit, without a face covering and apparently getting her hair cut and blow-dried inside, was a “slap in the face” to her and other small business owners. Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff for Pelosi, insisted the speaker was following the rules.
“The Speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements. This business offered for the Speaker to come in on Monday and told her they were allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business. The Speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment,” Hammill said.
But Marinucci’s tweet questioning the video from a surveillance camera that seemed quite ordinary in a business setting, earned her plenty of mockery on social media.
President Trump’s former Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, called out the “true blue Democrat” for her ridiculous take on the incident.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) September 1, 2020
“Yes as long as the video does not record audio or if there is no expectation of privacy,” James O’Keefe, no stranger to secret recordings as the founder of Project Veritas, tweeted.
“Advocating people get prosecuted for recording politicians behaving badly is probably not the hill journalists should die on,” he added.
“Weird how your thoughts on security cameras suddenly changed,” Caleb Hull tweeted, linking to her tweet from 2019.
— Kelb Hull (@CalebJHull) September 1, 2020
Doug Stafford, Sen. Rand Paul’s former Senate chief of staff, quipped: “It’s a security camera for the business Karen.”
She knows this.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 1, 2020
“A member of the ‘media’ promoting censorship to cover for Pelosi,” talk show host and former member of the NYPD, John Cardillo, tweeted.
Marinucci continued to be called out on Twitter where many enjoyed watching the reporter get ratioed for her focus.
Reporter is mad that someone did journalism.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 1, 2020
Left wing journalist is upset Pelosi caught in full politician hypocrite mode. I wonder if it was a Republican not wearing a mask if we would be seeing this tweet
— P Caterina (@PCaterina6) September 1, 2020
Security camera catches Democrat. Journalist blames business.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 1, 2020
The ratio on this is lit, Karen.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) September 1, 2020
Nancy Pelosi was caught not wearing a mask and flouting covid salon regulations.
Reporter’s immediate reflex is to attack the whistleblower. https://t.co/04e87C9pvi
— Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@MattWolking) September 1, 2020
We should for sure get rid of two party consent laws in California so Nancy can get her hair done. I think that’s the general takeaway here.
— Jeff Macke (@JeffMacke) September 1, 2020
First instinct is to put this fire out and protect Pelosi. We know. We all know. It’s all so obvious. pic.twitter.com/0KXzd5Td72
— Pundit Review (@PunditReview) September 1, 2020
The camera isn’t the problem in this story.
— Jessica (Fletcher) O’Donnell (@heckyessica) September 1, 2020