There’s a reason why former President Donald Trump started calling mainstream media platforms “fake news.” Between supposed ‘false claims’ that Trump had made and the stories that have been twisted to suit left-leaning narratives, journalists are documenting anything but the truth these days.
Now, the Washington Post has released a bombshell report indicating the explanation of a lengthy correction they made in an article published in early January. The paper claimed that Trump pressured election investigations to “find the votes” and even used misattributed quotes to insinuate legal experts could “amount to obstruction.” They’ve completely wiped out the headline, text, and quotes related to the report.
You can find the original article here.
The headline on the follow-up story says “Recording reveals details of Trump’s call to Georgia’s chief elections investigator, but nothing related to the fact that a major corporate media grossly misrepresented Trump’s phone call.”
The original story had been shared, revised, and repeated by several other mainstream media platforms at the time, including NBC News, AP, Vox, and ABC News. But they don’t care about accountability. It served its purpose to discredit the story and push a false narrative.
In a recent 129-word correction, the Washington Post explained that they “misquoted” Trump’s comments based on the information provided by a source on a story they did covering the Georgia elections. Then-President Trump supposedly told Georgia’s top elections investigator, Brad Raffensperger, and his chief investigator, Frances Watkins, in a December 2020 phone call to “find the fraud” so that they could be “a national hero.”
“Two months after publication of this story, the Georgia secretary of state released an audio recording of President Donald Trump’s December phone call with the state’s top elections investigator. The recording revealed that The Post misquoted Trump’s comments on the call, based on information provided by a source,” The Post wrote.
The source, later revealed, was Jordan Fuchs, the deputy secretary of state, who was shortly briefed on the phone call. State officials located the audio recording of the phone call in a trash folder on Watson’s device while responding to a public record request. While Watson said she was “shocked by Trump’s phone call, she told WSB-TV in an interview that she never felt pressured by his outreach.
According to the audio, Trump did not tell the investigator to “find the fraud” so that they could be “a national hero,” but rather urged her to scrutinize ballots in Fulton County, GA, asserting that she would find dishonesty there. He also emphasized that she had ‘the most important job in the country right now.’
“Whatever you can do, Frances, it would be — it’s a great thing. It’s an important thing for the country. So important. You’ve no idea. So important. And I very much appreciate it,” Trump said.
Former President Trump issued a statement over the manufactured story covering his phone call with Georgia officials. “You will notice that establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way–against me and against Republicans. This latest media travesty underscores that legacy media outlets should be regarded as political entities–not journalistic enterprises,” he wrote.
Trump wrote that while he appreciates the Washington Post’s correction on a Georgia Witch Hunt story against him, he’d further appreciate a strong investigation into the Fulton County, Georgia elections, which he believes would change the courts of the presidential elections. He said they have not been properly audited for vote or signature verification and only looked at areas of the state where there would likely be “few problems.”
“We are seeking to find and reveal the large-scale election fraud which took place in Georgia. Many residents agree, and their anger caused them not to turn out and vote for two Republican Senators in the January election,” he said.
Even former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany called out the Washington Post for falsely attributing quotes to Trump’s phone call based on “an anonymous source,” then correcting the story months later. She said she would be discussing the call with Sean Hannity on Fox News.
Established media are not journalists, but activists.
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— American Conservatives (@AmConservatives) March 16, 2021