NBC News suspend reporter over now-retracted Pelosi story
By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links
One of NBC News’ star correspondents has been suspended over a report on the attack of Paul Pelosi that the network later retracted.
As a national correspondent, Miguel Almaguer frequently contributes to both “NBC Nightly News” and “Today” on a wide variety of stories, though it was a “Today” segment that got him in trouble this time.
On Nov. 4, 2022, Almaguer reported what allegedly happened during an alleged attack on Pelosi, who is the husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, in the couple’s San Fransisco home, providing some precise details.
This reporting claimed that local police were not aware the home was the residence of the Speaker of the House’s family and that Paul Pelosi did not initially indicate there was an emergency while walking toward David DePape, the man later identified as the alleged intruder and attacker.
NBC later retracted the story saying the primary source used may not have been reliable and that the reporting did not meet its internal journalistic standards, according to network sources.
NBC News responded to multiple outlets’ requests for comment with a general statement saying it does not comment on personnel matters. Almaguer has not responded to requests for comment either.
However, the suspension has been confirmed by multiple sources at different outlets, with The Daily Beast breaking the news. It is not clear if the suspension is paid or unpaid.
NBC will now conduct an internal investigation into how the erroneous report made it on air — one that could ultimately decide the fate of Almaguer’s future at the network and TV industry.