ABC, CBS Finally Report on Paul Pelosi’s DUI Charges, NBC Ignores

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Almost three months since Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Napa County California, ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News decided now would be a good time to report on the story now that Pelosi had been given a slap on the wrist with three years probation, an eight-hour community service program, a three-month course on the dangers of drunk driving, and an “ignition interlock device installed in his car for one year.” 

Despite Paul Pelosi serving no jail time, NBC Nightly News still decided it was too politically risky for them to touch the story. Instead of reporting on Paul Pelosi’s DUI sentence, NBC decided to run a lengthy segment on potentially cancer-causing firefighter gear as well as flooding in Texas.  

While ABC & CBS did find time in their broadcasts for news on the drunk driving husband of the woman who’s second in line for the presidency, they only allowed twenty-two and twenty-three seconds on the story respectively. 

ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir gave the following brief report on the fate of Paul Pelosi: 

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Tonight, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pleading guilty to DUI after his crash in California. Prosecutors say 82-year-old Paul Pelosi’s blood alcohol level was .082 when he and another car collided in Napa County, California, in May. The judge sentencing him today to five days in jail and three years probation. He receives credit for four of the days. The fifth day will be spent doing community service.

Moments later on CBS Evening News, anchor Norah O’Donnell gave this short report to her viewers who, like ABC’s were most likely confused about why they were unaware that Speaker Pelosi’s husband was arrested for DUI three months ago:

Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, pleaded guilty today to a DUI charge in California. And the state highway patrol released video of his arrest back in May. The 82-year-old businessman avoided more jail time and will instead serve one day in a court work program. An interlock ignition device will be kept on his car. He’s also been on–will be on probation for three years.

ABC & CBS deserve no credit for reporting on news they should’ve been revealing to their audience all along. If this was the spouse of a Republican House Speaker, the drum beat of coverage by the three leftist networks would be unavoidable. 

This continued bias by omission from NBC was made possible by Liberty Mutual. ABC’s better late than never coverage was made possible by Verizon and CBS’s was made possible by CarFax. Their information is linked. 

To read the transcript of each segment click “expand”:

ABC’s World News Tonight
August 23, 2022
6:49:39 p.m. Eastern [22 seconds]

DAVID MUIR: Tonight, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pleading guilty to DUI after his crash in California. Prosecutors say 82-year-old Paul Pelosi’s blood alcohol level was .082 when he and another car collided in Napa County, California, in May. The judge sentencing him today to five days in jail and three years probation. He receives credit for four of the days. The fifth day will be spent doing community service. 

CBS Evening News
August 23, 2022
6:53:47 p.m. Eastern [23 seconds] 

NORAH O’DONNELL: Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, pleaded guilty today to a DUI charge in California. And the state highway patrol released video of his arrest back in May. The 82-year-old businessman avoided more jail time and will instead serve one day in a court work program. An interlock ignition device will be kept on his car. He’s also been on–will be on probation for three years.

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