Podcast host Megyn Kelly hit back at the New York Times after the publication included her in an article accusing right wing voices of intentionally spreading misinformation about the attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Kelly called on them to “grow up” and “do your job” after the paper singled her out because she “raised doubts that all facts were being disclosed.” Kelly has previously said that the San Francisco Police Department, who responded to the attack on Pelosi, has “more to disclose” amid calls for them to release the bodycam footage of the incident.
There is also no clear explanation as to how alleged attacker David DePape managed to gain entry to the Pelosis’ $6 million mansion.
While some conservatives have been accused of spreading conspiracy theories about the attack, Kelly appears to have been singled out by the Times after she pushed for authorities to disclose more information.
“The NYT lists me as a spreader of misinfo re the P Pelosi attack bc I ‘raised doubts that all facts were being disclosed.’” Kelly said on Twitter, “It’s called JOURNALISM. SFPD clearly has more to disclose but if u ask for it, you’re a “misinfo” spreader like @Miguelnbc. Grow up, NYT & DO YOUR JOB.”
Miguel Almaguer, the NBC national correspondent tagged in Kelly’s post, was not named in the Times piece. However, a segment by Almaguer, which aired on Friday, about the attack was removed because it included information from an “unreliable” source. The report included a disputed claim that Paul Pelosi did not indicate he was in danger when police first arrived at his home.
Kelly later reposted the video alongside a statement from Steve Krakauer, editor of the Fourth Watch media newsletter, explaining the main aspects of the report and stating that “NBC deleted this video from all platforms” after it was released.
Krakauer called on NBC to be “more transparent” on their reporting in an interview with Fox News, saying, “It’s incumbent on NBC to be more transparent about the process, and say publicly what, if anything, was inaccurate in the report. Now much of the legacy press is notably anti-skepticism. And much of the incurious press labeled any skepticism in this assault and break-in as dangerous conspiracy theorizing.”
He continued, asking, “How was Pelosi able to call 9-1-1, and why did the assault only happen after police arrived? How was Pelosi able to open the door for the police while being essentially held hostage? Why wasn’t there a security system with an alarm that went off after the glass broke and the back door was opened at 2 a.m., instantly alerting the police to a break in?”
Others named in the Times piece included Pete Hegseth, an author and Fox News host, because he “raised doubts that all facts were being disclosed.” It also included Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner, who tweeted in response to the article, “NYT reports on ‘How Republicans Fed a Misinformation Loop About the Pelosi Attack.’ Casts a wide net. Can you believe some observers ‘raised doubts that all facts were being disclosed’? But: Isn’t that self-evidently true? Hasn’t SF DA said as much?”
In total, 21 individuals who “spread misinformation or cast doubt on the attack,” which include nine elected officials and candidates and 12 “prominent figures,” including former President Donald Trump for suggesting “the attack was staged,” and Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, is listed because he “amplified a conspiracy theory about male prostitution.”
In the days following the attack, Musk tweeted an article which suggested that Pelosi and DePape left a San Francisco gay bar together before the assault. The post was later deleted.
Bodycam footage of DePape’s arrest has not been released by the San Francisco Police Department or the city’s district attorney despite repeated requests.
A spokesman for SFPD’s media relations unit said on Monday, “Due to the open investigation the officers’ body camera footage along with any other evidence will not be released.”
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