There are few better examples of the implosion of the Democrats’ midterm election messaging than the failed effort to pin the blame on Republicans for the strange incident in which Nancy Pelosi’s husband was struck in the head with a hammer inside of the couple’s own home while Madame Speaker was out of town.
Rather than serve as a closing argument about the imminent threat to “our democracy” if the GOP wins control of Congress, the murky details and the media’s own reporting on the beating only served to create suspicion that something was rotten in San Francisco and as the official spin on the bizarre story failed to convince skeptics, the party’s dutiful allies in the media were quick to point fingers on who’s to blame.
In a New York Times front page piece that was published in Saturday’s edition of the nation’s “newspaper of record,” the preeminent propaganda organ for the ruling Democratic Party named names of a number of Republicans whom it claimed were responsible for feeding a “misinformation loop” about last week’s assault on the 82-year-old investment wizard.
The Times uses graphics and a diagram from a company that “tracks fringe social media” to make the case that any suggestions of what happened between Mr. Pelosi and 42-year-old David DePape inside of the Pacific Heights residence that don’t adhere to the narrative are conspiracy theories and “groundless claims — nearly all of them sinister, and many homophobic.”
Among the culprits singled out by the paper are Republican lawmakers including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who was accused of having “amplified doubts that all facts were being disclosed,” and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia who “suggested Mr. Pelosi knew his attacker,” despite early media reports indicating that may have been the case.
(Image: Screengrab/New York Times)
Also responsible for the failure of the narrative about Pelosi to stick were figures who are frequent targets of the newspaper’s stable of smear artists with billionaire SpaceX/Tesla CEO and new Twitter owner Elon Musk who has been given devil’s horns since his takeover of the social media giant, accused of amplifying “a conspiracy theory about male prostitution” in his since-deleted tweet trolling twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that there may be a “tiny possibility” that there may be more to the story.
Also on the list are Fox News host Tucker Carlson who “raised doubts about the details of the attack,” Megyn Kelly who “raised doubts that all facts were being disclosed” and former President Donald J. Trump who “suggested the attack was staged.”
(Image: Screengrab/New York Times)
“The flood of falsehoods showed how ingrained misinformation has become inside the G.O.P., where the reflexive response of the rank and file — and even a few prominent figures — to anything that might cast a negative light on the right is to deflect with more fictional claims, creating a vicious cycle that muddies facts, shifts blame and minimizes violence,” the outlet stated.
The Times also quoted “disinformation expert” Nina Jankowicz, who was slated to head up the Biden regime’s “Ministry of Information” at the Department of Homeland Security before her own social media activity tripped her up, including a video of the “Mary Poppins of disinformation” singing about the joys of censorship to the tune of the song from the classic Disney movie.
— Nina Jankowicz 🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@wiczipedia) February 17, 2021
“It doesn’t matter when there are documents or sworn testimony claiming something is, in fact, not the case,” the partisan hack Jankowicz said. “There will be an elaborate reframing effort. If the footage was released, people would claim it was fabricated. There’s no bottom.”
What the three reporters whose names are on the story didn’t mention were the conflicting details provided by the media, including a bombshell from NBC’s Miguel Almaguer who reported that when police arrived at the scene of the crime, it was Mr. Pelosi himself who answered the door and that he “did not immediately declare an emergency or try to leave his home but instead began walking several feet back into the foyer toward the assailant and away from police.”
NBC reported new details re: Pelosi attack:
– Pelosi answered door, didn't "declare an emergency or try to leave his home," instead walked toward the assailant
– Pelosi & DePape were in house for 30 minutes before police arrived
Then NBC deleted this video from all platforms. pic.twitter.com/SxcWFb8yse
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) November 4, 2022
The segment which aired on the “Today” show was quickly scrubbed by the network for the vague reason that it “did not meet our reporting standards.”
When it comes to “misinformation” there are no greater purveyors than the media itself with The New York Times being a regular offender. But as the reaction to the Pelosi attack shows, fewer and fewer people trust the press as a reliable news source.
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