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Fake News: Video Does NOT Show House Speaker Pelosi Drunk As A Skunk

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Fri, 24 May 2019 01:07:15 Z)

Does a video show U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words and appearing "drunk as a skunk"? No, that's not true: The video of Pelosi speaking at an event was digitally altered, with the tempo slowed down, to make it sound as if the top Democrat in Congress was intoxicated. A comparison of the original video showed it was slowed down about 25% but without changing the pitch of her voice.

The story originated from a post (archived here) where it was published by Politics WatchDog on May 22, 2019 under the title "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on President Trump walking out infrastructure meeting: "It was very, very, very strange.". It opened:

Ladies and Gentlemen.....Your "House Speaker".....drunk as a skunk. Pathetic.

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/PoliticsWatchDog/videos/409823189602380/UzpfSTExMjExMzAwOTE6MTAyMTc2ODY4MjEyMTg1NzQ/?__tn__=%2CdlC-R-R&eid=ARAcyHPN5jRDRZvZUT7ptY8gKQ4KVJ9szmFfcP3RSzGbaKCNOg3o8G8rL34G0rAfnxy66gxYEPWr9BKr&hc_ref=ARQLp3paEr7Wc5DEs9bLAzswyjOIC9CgqKNvQc-7pjbD6WX89B09bj-TNduCtYQ1TJU

This is what social media users saw:

The heavy lifting on this debunk is courtesy of the Washington Post, which did a video analysis you can view here, which proves the video of Pelosi sounding drunk is faked. Click here to read their story and watch the video embedded below:

Pelosi was speaking on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at a Center for American Progress event.

The idea that Nancy Pelosi is an alcoholic has been a big theme lately with Trump supporters as she battles with the president over what she calls his "cover up."

Fortunately, not ever one is falling for the hoax.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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