The Daily Beast recently did something it shouldn’t have. On June 1st, the site published a lengthy exposé on a black forklift driver from the Bronx who was identified as the person who created the video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appearing to be drunk. The video in question, which featured slowed-down audio that made Pelosi sound as if she were intoxicated, was widely shared, even being tweeted by Rudy Giuliani. It’s hard to decipher the intent of the man behind the video, whom I will avoid naming so as not to add further insult to injury. Perhaps he did create the video to deceive people into thinking the Speaker was, in fact, under the influence. But it’s just as likely he made it to be humorous, hardly expecting it to, as they say, “go viral.”
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