‘Journalism is dead’: Media torched for coverage of Paul Pelosi story

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Despite conflicting reports and many unanswered questions, President Biden and other Democratic Party leaders have used the assault by a hammer-wielding man in his underwear on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband to rally midterm voters, casting the violent act as an inevitable result of “election denier” rhetoric.

And Monday afternoon, announcing attempted-murder charges against 42-year-old David DePape, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins affirmed to reporters that prosecutors believe the attack was politically motivated.

But the ideology of the suspect – an illegal alien from Canada who was a member of the far-left Green Party and lives in a trailer on the Berkeley, California, property of “nudist drug abusers” who support Black Lives Matter – is all over the map, judging by purported social media postings. And the circumstances of the incident are still under investigation.

Nevertheless, establishment media immediately jumped aboard the Democrats’ narrative.

“Journalism is dead,” wrote Daily Wire CEO Jeremey Boreing. “Twenty years ago, every major publication would have had boots on the ground chasing the facts in the Paul Pelosi story – questioning the narrative, interviewing everyone even tangentially connected, demanding transparency and the release of calls and footage.”

On Friday, Biden said during a speech to Democrats in Pennsylvania there were reports “that the same chant (“Where’s Nancy?”) was used by this guy that they have in custody that was used on January 6, the attack on the U.S. Capitol.”

“This is despicable. There’s no place in America. There’s too much violence – political violence – too much hatred, too much vitriol,” Biden said. “And what makes us think one party can talk about stolen elections, Covid being a hoax, [that it’s] all a bunch of lies, and it does not affect people who may not be so well balanced? What makes us think that it’s not going to alter the political climate? Enough is enough is enough.”

Confident that he knew what happened, NBC News reporter Ben Collins said in a segment on MSNBC that he has read the great historians on authoritarianism, and Elon Musk’s deleted tweet suggesting an alternative narrative was how “you lose your democracy.”

Musk was responding to a tweet by Hillary Clinton linking to a Los Angeles Times story about Pelosi’s alleged attacker.

“The Republican Party and its mouthpieces now regularly spread hate and deranged conspiracy theories,” Clinton wrote. “It is shocking, but not surprising, that violence is the result. As citizens, we must hold them accountable for their words and the actions that follow.”

Musk linked to an article from a blog floating the theory that the incident was a drunken dispute with a male, writing, “There is a tiny possibility there might be more to this story than meets the eye.”

On Twitter, many users retweeted audio of a police dispatch indicating Paul Pelosi knew DePape.

The officer said: “RP (reporting person) stated there’s a male in the home and that he’s going to wait for his wife. RP stated that he doesn’t know who the male is but he advised that his name is David and that he is a friend.”

‘Agents of social change’
The Daily Wire’s Boreing noted “questioning the powerful was the media’s raison d’être.”

“Sure, they were biased to the left, but they had some self-respect and took their role in society seriously more often than not,” he said. “And they didn’t believe that role was to be agents of social change.”

Boreing said Americans were “less prone to paranoia back then because the press was MORE paranoid. Much more. They questioned everything.”

“The people assumed the press was on the job, sniffing out the lies and finding the truth, so conspiracy theories just weren’t plausible and rarely stuck,” he said.

Now, establishment media, aided by Big Tech, “has embraced their new role as agents of social change.”

“Now they both actively and through indifference run cover for the left,” said Boreing.

“Maybe it all happened about as they say, but they’re certainly afraid it didn’t. So best not to look into it. Move along.”

Meanwhile, the FBI found that DePape’s Berkeley home is known to neighbors as a “hippie collective.”

Outside the home is an American flag with rainbow colors and marijuana leaves. In one window is a handwritten “Black Lives Matter.” And in another sign reading “Berkeley Stands United Against Hate,” a local group seeking to “stop the hate and implicit biases that are a dangerous threat to the safety and civility of our neighborhoods, towns, and cities.”

No security present
At the news conference Monday in San Francisco, the DA, Jenkins, said the attack appeared to be politically motivated, citing DePape’s statements in the federal affidavit and comments during the incident that indicated he was looking for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Jenkins said DePape broke through a rear glass door and sneaked into Paul Pelosi’s bedroom in the middle of the night while he was asleep.

The DA said there was no security present at the home of the person who is third in line for the presidency.

Responding to a question, Jenkins said police bodycam footage will be made public if it is played in a court proceeding.

“The charges that we are filing today include attempted murder, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, false imprisonment of an elder as well as threats to a public official and their family,” she said.

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