October 3, 2022

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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