The leftist outlet The Daily Beast has been forced to make a serious correction to a story that it published about former President Donald Trump.
The story regarded the interview that Trump recently did with Just the News reporters John Solomon and Amanda Head. The interview was conducted by phone, meaning that there was not any video footage of Trump - only audio.
As is often the case with such phone interviews, they do not always go as smoothly as one would like. This was the case with the Trump interview; it was a bit glitchy.
The glitchy nature of the phone interview led some individuals to speculate about whether the interview was real or fake. Many claimed that it was someone other than Trump on the phone. Some even insisted that it might have been artificial intelligence.
The Daily Beast took this idea and ran with it.
The Daily Caller reports:
The Daily Beast’s original article claimed that Real America’s Voice Owner Robert J. Sigg said that an investigation was underway into the Trump interview hosted by John Solomon and Amanda Head, and it quoted Sigg as criticizing the staff members, according to an archived version of the article.
Sigg was quoted as saying, "This is a major oversight by John and Amanda both. Our news directors will need to go through additional training about journalism practice and how to present the facts and truth to the American people."
It turns out, however, that this was fake news. The interview was in fact real. Trump was on the line.
We know this for at least two reasons: Trump posted a clip from the interview on Truth Social, and a Trump spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the interview.
The spokesperson said:
These are all scurrilous lies in a fake quote that The Daily Beast never received from our network. Ironically, in a story they wrote about RAV being duped, it was The Daily Beast in fact that may have been "punked" into believing they had a qualified quote from us. We have subsequently demanded an immediate retraction from The Daily Beast, requested that they preserve all records related to their "reporting" on this story, and informed them that our legal counsel will be in contact about our next steps in this matter. All options are on the table.
Solomon also contradicted The Daily Beast's reporting on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Now, The Daily Beast has added an "editor's note" to its report.
The note reads:
This story has been updated to remove quotes attributed to the owner of Real America’s Voice, Robert Sigg, saying he is investigating whether the call was a prank and criticizing network staffers. A Daily Beast reporter had a conversation by text with a person who identified themselves as Sigg, on a number public records show was once associated with Sigg—but a spokesperson for Real America’s Voice said that it was not Sigg and is not his current number.
That's a pretty embarrassing about-face for the leftist outlet.