NBC Bay Area affiliate's report on Paul Pelosi attack shares key details with retracted 'Today' report

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A new NBC Bay Area report about the assault on Paul Pelosi last month includes several of the same details in NBC News' retracted national report that suggested Pelosi may not have been in immediate danger when police arrived prior to his attack.

NBC News national correspondent Miguel Almaguer reported on Nov. 4 for "Today" that police didn’t know they were responding to the Pelosi residence, Pelosi opened the door for police but didn’t attempt to escape or declare an emergency, and even walked away from law enforcement and toward his eventual attacker.

Almaguer’s report was erased from all NBC News platforms later in the day. It was scrubbed from social media, and NBC News issued an editor's note on its website, reading, "This piece has been removed from publication because it did not meet NBC News reporting standards."

However, a local NBC reporter’s similar story was not retracted and remained online as of Wednesday morning.

Last Friday, exactly one week after Almaguer’s report was mysteriously retracted with little public detail, NBC’s San Francisco local affiliate KNTV, which is branded as NBC Bay Area, aired an explosive report with highly similar details indicating Pelosi opened the door for police and didn’t immediately attempt to escape.

Anchor Jessica Aguirre told viewers the NBC Bay Area investigative team "looked into why state and federal prosecutors each describe one specific detail of the police response differently," before tossing it to reporter Bigad Shaban.

"This all has to do with the moments, seconds really, just before Paul Pelosi was struck in the head with a hammer inside his San Francisco home. Now, there continues to be contradicting accounts of a relatively simple question," Shaban told viewers. "Who opened the door that night when San Francisco police arrived to the Pelosi house?"

Shaban explained that a federal indictment indicates "two officers" opened the door, but the San Francisco District Attorney’s office had previously stated, "Mr. Pelosi opened the door with his left hand."

Shaban then cited "a source familiar with the investigation who personally watched the police body camera footage from that night," and said officers "knocked on the door of the Pelosi home, then backed away, and the video clearly shows Paul Pelosi open the door with his left hand."... (Read more)