April 12, 2021

WaPo confesses to falsely attributing quote about Georgia election to Donald Trump

It was fake news all along. Too bad it took two months for them to set the record straight.

The Washington Post finally came clean about a Jan. 9 story claiming former President Donald Trump had asked Frances Watson, chief investigator of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, to “find the fraud” in the state’s presidential election results, Breitbart reported. The problem is Trump never said it.

The Post was forced to print a retraction and change the headline after a recording of the Dec. 23 call between Watson and then-President Trump surfaced. His words and even the nature of the request were vastly different than the version the Post first ran with months ago.

The original version of the Post’s story gave the impression that Trump was trying to pressure Watson to fabricate votes for him and tamper with the election.  “‘Find the fraud’: Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts say could amount to obstruction,” the original headline read. The outlet used a quote from one anonymous source who said Trump told Watson to “find the fraud” and that it would make her “a national hero.”

The retraction demonstrates how patently false that first claim was. “The recording revealed that The Post misquoted Trump’s comments on the call, based on information provided by a source,” the March 11 retraction explained. “Trump did not tell the investigator to ‘find the fraud’ or say she would be ‘a national hero’ if she did so. Instead, Trump urged the investigator to scrutinize ballots in Fulton County, Ga., asserting she would find ‘dishonesty’ there. He also told her that she had ‘the most important job in the country right now.’”

The audio file of the call was recently unearthed in Watson’s trash folder by officials at the Georgia Secretary of State’s office investing election interference, CNN reported. Watson previously told a reporter at the outlet that she didn’t feel pressured by the president and said she recorded the call because it “probably will never happen again in my lifetime.” She did not offer further comment on why she would have deleted the file, however.

The Washington Post, whose tagline is “Democracy Dies In Darkness,” treated the retraction as a mundane reporting error despite the fact that their false account was incorporated into Democtrats’ second impeachment trial. This misinformation was weaponized against Trump, and the truth only came to light months after the damage was done.

How many other stories published by the mainstream media are similarly misleading or downright false? Trump was outspoken in his disdain for the leftist media and was viciously attacked by the press for that stance. The trouble is that Trump was right all along — they were out to get him, and they have squandered every shred of credibility in the process.

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30 Responses

    1. Georgia is a mess all because of political manipulations by Never Trumpers in Georgia. Short-sighted fools that they are, Kemp & Raffsenperger forced Georgia voters & our nation to suffer election fraud. Dead voters. Felons. Underage voters. CCTV cameras documenting poll workers stuffing ballots 5-6-7 times into machines. But it also included ballot shredding (found in dumpsters) so votes tallied on Dominion machines could not be compared to actual votes on paper ballots. That’s a lot of fraud.
      Amazingly, Never Trumpers & Democrats imagined GOP voters would accept it. Instead the Republican legislative Trifecta (Gov/House/Senate) lost TWO U.S Senate seats & Georgia voters are vowing not to vote again, as Trump hating Courts and politicians destroy trust in the election process. So the original game against Trump has backfired so badly. They have to retract original lies & backtrack if they want any chance of restoring confidence in Election Integrity.

      1. Our entire democracy is at risk across these principles…constitution the rule of law, fair and free elections, 100% transparency, and full accountability from every U.S. elected official, governors, election monitors, and our Congress who has been asked by Former Presidents for decades to do election reform or this will destroy our democracy forever. WE ARE HERE AMERICA! God bless all true faithful Americans who protect our constitution every day with the rule of law resources and positions they hold in our government.

  1. how can a news source continue to have these kind of people work for them….
    doesn’t anyone care about the truth anymore ?
    GOD help us…

      1. NO, that wouldn’t get OUR country back on track<BUT kicking all those demorats out of office & installing the rightful Man in the white house sure would!!!!!!!!!!!!!! D.J.Trump

  2. I think that wopo should be held accountable for their actions the same way as any american citizen would be they should be sued to extinction

    1. Absolutely. Supposedly, when a “rag” like WaPo prints anything they got from a source they’re responsible for making sure it’s accurate. If accurate, they’re not liable. If false, that paper is on the hook for liability. Since
      this rag was always out to get President Trump, they should be sued for hundreds of millions of dollars. If Mr.
      Trump wins, maybe HE can take over that paper and “weaponize” it against some of the other “rags” to his own
      benefit !!

      1. Just wishful thinking on their part, thou now Fulton County is investigating racketeering charges against Trump

  3. Now that you see that journalism is full of lies, so much so that they even delete the truth. I hope the CIA will will be honest & look into how many more lies they’ve told and arrest them for obstruction of justice. No one in the journalist work force should be allowed to lie to the American ppl w/o paying the consequences of wrong doing.

  4. Same old story, same old song and dance my friend. Liberal media has to lie just like all the liberals in politics. If they did not lie, they would expose themselves to everyone just how corrupt that they are. They have no legitimate discussion without lying.

  5. Wapo is everywhere. Why does Charles Lane Have a spot as Panel Member on Fox News? They hide behind
    Fair & Balanced. Just part of the Swamp. What Webs We Weave!

  6. WAPO should be sued–a large enough amount to teach them and the media world that lying has large consequences!

    1. Agree !! Also the journalist that wrote the story along with all other fake news an there reporters that put out the story with out verification sould be held responsible and also sued that may slow down some of this lying fake news journalism

  7. Well, I think the reason they even offered a retraction was because Trump was going to sue them for all they were worth – which is not much in my opinion. The press today is so biased and so in the pockets of the Dems that it is plainly clear to see. Like to find out if there was money settlement related to the retraction. Hey lets ask a source!!!!

  8. The democratic party and the majority of media, are not the same as they once were. I remember when reporting was not slanted or one sided. Who, What, When, Where and Why is all that is needed in a report. I do not need them to interpret news for me.
    They use words like “unsubstantiated, false, lies, and unproven” to slant the story and put those words into the story without allowing the reader to make up their own mind. The liberal media needs to be drummed out of business and the WAPO needs to be removed as the paper of record. They are not interested in the truth, only wreckage and ruin to anyone they don’t like.
    A reporter in Denver once set up a dog fight and then reported it as an on going ring even though there was no ring at all. This is the kind of trust you can have in the liberal media. Look at Dan Rather. They all stink.

  9. ANYTHING that the media could try to use against President Trump they tried. And still they try to discredit him and the help he gave to America. Blaming him for everything that is wrong with America today. With the exception of perhaps 2 media platforms, the media has been against President Trump and his supporters. We are called racists, terrorists, a threat to America. joe and his minions are in for a rude awakening. they surround themselves with National Guard. Why? they would never admit to it, but they are still afraid of President Donald Trump. We the people are not even allowed to go to the capitol. What are they hiding? they are hiding their fear. Fear that soon it will be revealed what deceit they are guilty of.

  10. Why should we worry about it?? The current administration (i.e. President Biden’s) will push it back under the rug just like all the other “smoking guns” that have been found and our “Young and all knowing college people” will still hang onto the lie that this administration will provide “cost free” college and vote like the DNC wants them to.

  11. Deliberately lying in an attempt to take down a current President is not just “mundane reporting error”, it is downright treasonous. WaPo should pay the ultimate penalty.

  12. This sort of reminds me of a story they tell about Arkansas. Seems as how way back in the early 1900’s one area of Arkansas was overrun with “razorback hogs.” The locals tried poisoning, trapping, shooting them and everything they could think of to no avail. (Razorback hogs have been known to kill people, so they definately were dangerous.) About the time the locals were going to give up an outsider moved in and said he could take care of it for $100.00. They all laughed but put up the money. All he did was to feed the hogs until they relied on him for food, Then he backed an enclosed truck up laid a trail of corn up into the truck which they all followed, closed the door and took them to the slaughter house, collected his money and lived a quiet life thereafter. Sounds similar to what the DNC is trying to pull off today.

  13. If it is democrat/liberal, it lies!! At least 90% of them do. I cannot paint all of them with the same color, because I have friends who are democrats. We just do not talk politics, because they watch the MSM, and unfortunately believe them. There are no more journalists anymore, just talking heads!

  14. Looks like everyone is missing the bigger point. This is just like Harry Read falsely accusing Republican candidate Mitt Romney just before the election of failing to pay taxes for ten years. He repeated the big lie over and over so people began to believe it just as the propagandist for the Third Reich had taught. He did this from the Floor where he was immune from libel charges so he got away with it. Romney subsequently lost to his Democrat Party opponent. When questioned about this blatant lie after the election good old Harry replied “Romney didn’t win did he?” Leftists at work as usual.

  15. The Washington Post isn’t the only one to post lies and fabrications against the President and now that he is a private citizen he can sue for defamation of Character

  16. Wait until Biden gives China everything they ask for and then China starts doing everything they want to America. I say watch out because if China can do anything they want, American is soon to be economically bankrupt. Please open your eyes and stop believing our press.

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