The Washington Post attempted to quietly issue a massive correction on a January story in which they mischaracterized the contents of a conversation between Trump and Georgia election officials. Now the left is accusing the right of doing what they were literally just caught doing.
After the gigantic dustup and outrage in January over former President Trump’s alleged attempt to change Georgia election results by asking election officials to “find the fraud”, the Washington Post issued a lengthy correction on the story more than two months later.
- Rather, Trump urged them to scrutinize specific counties, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, which obtained the audio recording of the call a few days ago.
- The Associated Press issued a correction on their reporting as well.
- As a result of a public records request, the recording of the conversation was found in a folder for deleted items on the phone of the investigator with whom Trump spoke, leading to the revelation that dozens of major outlets reported on the story without confirming the contents of the conversation.
- Newsweek’s coverage of the correction (including their own) centers on the reaction from the right, which makes the argument the Post ran the untrue story to influence the Georgia Senate runoff election.
- HillReporter.com also goes after conservatives for what they say is misrepresentation of the correction, resting the credibility of their counter-argument on CNN’s fact checker, who has been going to bat for Biden since at least September.
- Fox News hit mainstream media for largely ignoring the correction and collecting reactions from the right blasting the Post for “made up quotes.”
- OANN is one of the few outlets to report on what Trump actually said and his intentions: encouraging investigators to scrutinize ballot signatures on mail-in ballots.
- The Federalist torched mainstream media for the debacle, emphasizing the Washington Post’s use of an anonymous source originally and saying many outlets within “corrupt corporate media” have yet to make the correct.
© Dallas Gerber, 2021