The Washington Post made an admission that the paper had misquoted former President Donald Trump in a bombshell story about a call between Trump and a top Georgia investigator, the Washington Examiner reported.
A Dec. 23 call from Trump to Frances Watson, the Georgia Secretary of State’s office’s chief investigator, prompted outrage as The Washington Post wrote a story claiming that Trump had asked Watson to “find the fraud.” The story clearly implied that Trump was pressuring an official to create fraud when that wasn’t the case at all.
It turns out that Trump was demanding state officials do everything to ensure that there was no fraud and investigate if there were missing ballots. The Post took Trump’s comments and twisted some while outright fabricating others.
Changed the election?
The Post‘s lie may very well have changed the outcome of the Georgia Senate elections, which handed Democrats a technical majority in the Senate.
Democrats told Georgia voters that Trump was trying to steal Biden’s victory in Georgia, largely based on The Washington Post story. There is no telling how many moderate voters were swayed by the story and voted for Democrats.
In The Post‘s correction, they clarified that “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.”
This is not simply a correction to a story that The Post got wrong; this is a full retraction. The entire story that the paper pushed was based on those lies, yet they still frame this as a “correction.”
The paper’s attempts to skirt full responsibility for this story further shows that it is a propaganda outlet of the Democratic Party posing as non-partisan “trustworthy” news.
A precedent must be set
Had a news organization like Fox News run a story that completely fabricated a quote about Joe Biden to torpedo his candidacy, there would be a host of lawsuits from all directions.
It is not enough for an organization like The Washington Post to issue a quiet correction to a completely fabricated story. Trump and the Republican Party must take them to court.
Right now, what we are seeing is that there are no real consequences for making up stories. Mainstream outlets like The Post are free to fabricate stories, publish them, then issue a correction only after the damage is already done.
Trump must take the paper to court and send the message that any mainstream outlet will suffer for printing lies. The media has too much power to be given a pass for being so fundamentally wrong.