A manipulated video clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shared widely on Facebook makes it appear that she slurred her words during a May press conference. She didn’t. The video clip was slowed down and spliced together.
The latest video to reinforce that bogus claim has been viewed more than 2.5 million times on Facebook with a caption that says, “This is unbelievable, she is blowed out of her mind, I bet this gets taken down!” It features Pelosi taking a sip of water and then answering a question at a press conference on May 20, but the recording has been slowed down, making it appear as though Pelosi was slurring her words.
The recent example didn’t only slow down the original video, it also spliced together different parts of Pelosi’s answer during the May press conference. The speaker was answering a question about President Donald Trump, who had alleged — without evidence — that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was linked to the death of one of his staffers in 2001, when he was a Republican congressman.
We’ve written about that baseless claim, too.
Pelosi’s full answer takes just under two minutes. The viral clipped version is just under a minute and leaves out much of what she said.
“It appears in this case as if the original video was slowed down by about 75%, which has the effect of making Speaker Pelosi sound intoxicated,” Hany Farid told FactCheck.org by email. Farid is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley who specializes in digital forensics.
He likened it to the first manipulated video of Pelosi that circulated in 2019, but noted that this one had also been spliced in an apparent effort to shorten the clip.
“Because we have access to what appears to be the original, there is no question that this video making the rounds on Facebook has been manipulated,” Farid said.
Pelosi’s full answer is shown in the clip below:
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