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Video of Pelosi supposedly caught on hot mic was manipulated

August 31, 2021 GMT


CLAIM: After President Joe Biden offered to answer questions during a virtual meeting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was caught saying, “We don’t want him to talk.”

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. A video clip that appears to show the awkward moment was actually manipulated and was first shared online with a label identifying it as satire. The original video shows Pelosi did not respond when Biden said he would take additional questions.

THE FACTS: An altered video circulated widely on social media purportedly showing Pelosi caught in a hot mic moment, admitting that she didn’t want Biden to answer questions.

On March 3, 2021, Biden spoke at a virtual meeting during the House Democratic Caucus Virtual Issues Conference, where he discussed his legislation’s legislative priorities. Pelosi addressed Biden on a virtual screen.

After concluding his remarks, Biden said: “And I’m happy to take questions if that’s what you -- I’m supposed to do, Nance. Whatever you want me to do.” In the manipulated video, a voice that sounds similar to Pelosi’s, can be heard saying, “Am I on? No, we don’t want him to talk.”

The voice was added to the video. In the actual video, Pelosi did not respond and the screen that showed her cut to a photo of Biden. The video ends shortly after that.

A comedian and voice actor who performs under the name Michael Clive created the altered video as political satire. But some social media users then shared his video without the satire label.

“Yes, that’s me, imitating Nancy Pelosi but that Twitter version has been edited,” Clive, who also uses the name Michael Kaminski, told The Associated Press in an email. “The original is labeled satire at the end.”

In March, social media users shared a clip from the same event falsely claiming that the feed was cut off so Biden couldn’t answer questions. But Biden did take questions, including one about systemic racism and the child tax credit, the AP reported.

The event was closed to reporters during the question and answer period, however, so the video feed that was uploaded online ends after Biden’s introductory remarks.

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