Was Paul Pelosi – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband – just arrested for child porn and crack cocaine?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Updated @ 2022-06-10 : Added Napa County DA’s announcement on charges.
Originally posted @ 2022-05-30
Claim : Paul Pelosi Was Arrested For Child Porn + Cocaine!
Within hours of the news breaking that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was arrested in California, Vancouver Times posted a story that claimed he was found to also be in possession of child porn and crack cocaine!
They later updated their story to also claim that Nancy Pelosi would also face charges, and that she was tied to international sex trafficking rings.
Truth : Paul Pelosi Was Not Arrested For Child Porn Or Cocaine…
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created to generate page views and money from gullible people.
Fact #1 : Vancouver Times Is A Fake News Website
Vancouver Times is a “content aggregator” (copy and paste) website that is known for creating fake news to generate more page views and money.
To look legitimate, they copy and paste news from legitimate news organisations. To drive traffic, they create fake news, sometimes masked as “satire”.
To give themselves a veneer of deniability, they labelled themselves as a satire website in their About Us section, hidden at the very bottom of the page, after a long list of comments.
Fact #2 : They Relabel Fake Stories As Satire
The Satire section in Vancouver Times appears to be a place where their fake stories go to “die”.
It looks like their SOP is to post their fake stories as genuine news, to trick people so it would go viral. They will then shift their fake stories to the Satire section after getting fact checked.
They first posted this fake story about Paul Pelosi under their America section, only moving it to their Satire section after I fact checked it.
Here are some of the fake news that they created recently, that we debunked :
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Fact #3 : Paul Pelosi Was Arrested For DUI
Paul Pelosi was driving home from a dinner party at around 10:15 PM on Saturday night, when his 2021 Porsche was hit by a 48 year-old Jeep driver on Walnut Lane in the Napa County while he was trying to cross a State Route 29 intersection.
After the accident, Paul was arrested on “suspicion of DUI”. He was not arrested for possession of child porn or crack cocaine.
Vancouver Times created that fake claim that the police found child pornography and crack cocaine to drive traffic to their website.
Fact #4 : He Was Granted Bail Within Hours
Paul Pelosi was granted bail within hours, which would not be possible if he was really found to possess child pornography and crack cocaine, as Vancouver Times falsely claimed.
According to Napa County records, this was what happened :
- 11:44 PM, May 28 : Paul Pelosi was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
- 4:13 AM, May 29 : Paul Pelosi was booked into jail
- 7:26 AM, May 29 : Paul Pelosi was released at 7:26 on bail
Fact #5 : He Faces Two Misdemeanour Charges
Paul Pelosi’s bail was set at $5,000 for two counts of misdemeanour :
- driving under the influence
- driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher
As the police booking record shows, there was NO MENTION of child porn or crack cocaine – the possession of which are felonies, not misdemeanours.
Vancouver Times made up those claims, to drive traffic to their fake news article.
Fact #6 : Nancy Pelosi Was Not Involved
US Speaker Nancy Pelosi was not with her husband during the incident, it is nonsensical for Vancouver Times to claim that she could be facing charges herself.
This was confirmed by her spokesperson, who stated :
She could not be with her husband as she was in the East Coast to deliver a commencement address to the 2022 graduates and receive an honorary doctorate degree at Brown University in Rhode Island, on Monday, 30 May 2022.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 29, 2022
Fact #7 : Nancy Pelosi Was Not Tied To Sex Trafficking Rings
Nancy Pelosi was never tied to sex trafficking rings.
That is part of QAnon conspiracy theories about Democrat sex trafficking rings that have been repeatedly debunked.
Fact #8 : Napa County DA Reviewing DUI Charges
On Thursday, June 9, 2022, Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley announced that the Napa County DA’s Office was reviewing the DUI charges.
Haley also said that Paul Pelosi agreed to a court date for early August, although no decision has been made at this time (to charge him for DUI).
If it’s not obvious by now, Paul Pelosi was never arrested and will not be charged for possession of child porn or crack cocaine.
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