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    Lib Outlet Bemoans ‘Baseless Claims’ About Pelosi Attack, Then Someone Noticed Where ‘Claims’ Came From

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    Let me be the first to admit that I have no knowledge of the attack that occurred on Paul Pelosi on Friday at the San Francisco home he lives with his wife, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    Normally, I wouldn’t even be interested in knowing. However, Democrats, who never allow a good attempted murder go to waste, are already using the unusual episode as a political weapon. Therefore, it’s more than a little relevant if a few of the details are off, especially if they make this seem less like something inspired by those perfidious “MAGA Republicans” and more like the strange, unsettling outcome of policies that have allowed crime, drug abuse, and mental problems to fester in the City by the Bay.

    But if you ask questions, the left will wring its hands. Consider the left-leaning publication Politico, which raised the red flag in an article published on Monday, stating that “Prominent conservatives share online disinformation about Paul Pelosi assault.”

    “Even as Republican leaders condemn the brutal assault on Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s husband, other GOP figures are broadcasting a much different message on social media — at turns downplaying, mocking and trading in disinformation about the attack,” Politico’s Adam Wren said.

    In addition to a deleted post from GOP Rep. Clay Higgins of Louisiana, who claimed that alleged attacker David DePape was a “male nudist hippie prostitute,” this “misinformation” included a retweet by Donald Trump Jr. featuring a “Paul Pelosi” Halloween costume (underwear and a hammer — not really “misinformation” so much as it was questionable-ish taste).

    It’s important to note that the “prostitute” component of this was from a report from an unreliable source called the Santa Monica Observer, according to CNN. Wren termed this “a false anti-LGBTQ conspiracy.” This was less a “conspiracy,” more a product of early reporting that tended to be ambiguous and inconsistent from a variety of aspects, even when it didn’t come from questionable sources, like so much of the other “misinformation” in this case.

    “Beyond Trump Jr. and Higgins, pro-Trump commentators from Charlie Kirk to former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. also weighed in online to raise questions about the investigation based on unfounded and false claims,” Wren continued.

    “Among those baseless claims: that a third person answered the door when police arrived at the Pelosi home, which San Francisco law enforcement has said is untrue and that DePape was in his underwear when apprehended, a falsehood taken from a since-corrected local news report.”

    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    Again, that’s some curious language by Mr. Wren. If there was “a since-corrected local news report” that DePape was in his underwear when he was arrested, that’s hardly a “baseless” claim; it was based upon “a since-corrected local news report,” as he noted. As it turns out, the first “baseless” claim cited by Wren could also be gleaned from reports by certain outlets.

    Including, uh, Politico, as Spectator World contributing editor and conservative Twitter personality Stephen L. Miller noted CONTINUE READING…

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