Unraveling a viral fraud

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Unraveling a viral fraud
Rep. Nancy Pelosi. (Photo by Elizabeth Frantz)

Full story: Faked Pelosi videos, slowed to make her appear drunk, spread across social media

I broke the news about the altered "drunk Pelosi" video that spread across social media and launched a broader conversation about "cheap fakes."

One version, posted by the conservative Facebook page Politics WatchDog, had been viewed more than 2 million times by Thursday night, been shared more than 45,000 times, and garnered 23,000 comments with users calling her “drunk” and “a babbling mess.”

The origin of the altered video remains unclear but its spread across social media comes amid a growing feud between congressional Democrats and Trump. In addition to links from multiple YouTube and Twitter accounts, the video has appeared in the comments sections of message boards and regional news outlets.

Rudolph W. Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, tweeted a link to the altered video Thursday night with the note, “What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi? Her speech pattern is bizarre.” The tweet has since been deleted. ...

Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill said, “We’re not going to comment on this sexist trash.”

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