Fact Check: Photo Of Nancy Pelosi, George Stephanopoulos, And Chris Wallace Is From February 2019

Fact Check

  • by: Victoria Eavis
Fact Check: Photo Of Nancy Pelosi, George Stephanopoulos, And Chris Wallace Is From February 2019 2019 Photo

Is this a photo of Nancy Pelosi, George Stephanopoulos and Chirs Wallace? Yes, it was taken on February 5, 2019, as Speaker Pelosi met with the network television anchors just before President Trump delivered the annual State of the Union address. It was a media availability that is routine ahead of such events.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) shared on Facebook on October 1, 2020. The caption read:

Look closely at this picture Nancy pelosi , George Stephanopoulos , Chris Wallace,and other MSM 👇 What are they doing with the speaker of the house ????

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Oct 5 13:40:21 2020 UTC)

This photo was one of nine that Pelosi posted in a Medium article five days after the state of the union. The caption on the photo in question read, "Speaker Pelosi meets with TV anchors prior to the State of the Union address; Judy Woodruff, PBS; George Stephanopoulos, ABC; Margaret Brennan, CBS; Chris Wallace, Fox News; Jeff Glor, CBS; David Muir, ABC. February 5, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)." Julio Obscura is the creative director for the Speaker Pelosi and has many other photos of her in his portfolio.

Screen Shot 2020-10-05 at 10.15.11 AM.png

So why are some Facebook users taking issue with this photo? One of the driving conspiracies behind Q-Anon is the claim that there is a group of Democratic politicians attempting to take down President Trump, otherwise known as the "deep state."

Wallace, a FOX News host, has also beome a target of Q-Anon conspiracies. As moderator of the first presidential debate, many right-wing social media users accused Wallace of being partial towards Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Wallace also made news back in July for aggressively fact-checking President Trump throughout a lengthy sit-down interview, something few other reporters have done over the last four years.

Want to inform others about the accuracy of this story?

See who is sharing it (it might even be your friends...) and leave the link in the comments.:

This fact check is available at IFCN's 2020 US Elections #Chatbot on WhatsApp. Click here, for more.


  Victoria Eavis

Victoria Eavis is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She recently graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. In her last few months at Duke, she was a reporter for a student news site, The 9th Street Journal, that covers the city of Durham, North Carolina. 

Read more about or contact Victoria Eavis

Different viewpoints

Note: if reading this fact check makes you want to contact us to complain about bias, please check out our Red feed first.

About us

International Fact-Checking Organization Meta Third-Party Fact Checker

Lead Stories is a U.S. based fact checking website that is always looking for the latest false, misleading, deceptive or inaccurate stories, videos or images going viral on the internet.
Spotted something? Let us know!.

Lead Stories is a:


Follow us on social media

Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Lead Stories LLC:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Most Read

Most Recent

Share your opinion