Chris White | Energy Reporter
The man who allegedly manipulated a Facebook video to make House Speaker Nancy Pelosi look drunk says his life was turned upside down after reporters revealed his identity.
“I have been threatened. People have threatened me — saying, Oh, we got to find him and get him. Stuff like that,” Shawn Brooks, a black man, told Fox News host Jesse Waters in an interview Saturday. The Daily Beast revealed his identity in a lengthy June 2 article, which painted Brooks as an avid supporter of President Donald Trump.
Shawn Brooks, who posted the doctored Pelosi video on Facebook, weighs in on The Daily Beast doxxing him, says:
-The reporter took quotes out of context
-He has lost work as a result
-Has received threats
-His family wont talk to him now that they know he is a Trump supporter pic.twitter.com/yqpPfQYlun
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 9, 2019
He added: “My family members wont even talk to me now. They call me a race traitor. Its been kind of rough.” Brooks also suggested that the reporter who talked to him about the story took several of his comments out of context.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly news conference with Capitol Hill reporters in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2019. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
The video artificially slowed Pelosis speech and mannerisms. It was identified as a fake, but not before it had been shared across multiple social media platforms. (RELATED: Daily Beast Outs Culprit Behind Infamous Drunk Pelosi Video: A Black Forklift Operator From New York)
Politicians, pundits and activists alike called on social media companies to remove the video from circulation. Facebook ultimately opted to simply label the video as “fake” and suppress its prominence in peoples feeds even after YouTube dinged the video, noting that it violated the companys terms of service.