Trump told the election investigator “she would find ‘dishonesty'” when she scrutinized the ballots. He did not tell her “find the fraud.”
The Washington Post corrected its story about a phone call between President Donald Trump and Georgia Election Investigator Frances Watson.
They claimed he demanded Watson “find the fraud” in the presidential election. The Democrats used “find the fraud” in their argument to impeach Trump a second time.
It was all false.
The original story said Trump pressured Watson to “find the fraud” in the state that led to President Joe Biden winning in November 2020.
Trump also told Watson she would become a “national hero.”
All based on anonymous sources.
We now know the story came from Jordan Fuchs, the deputy secretary of state, told them. Watson told him about Trump’s comments.
State officials did not think Watson had a recording of the phone call. Without concrete proof, WaPo published the remarks as absolute truth.
Officials found “the recording on a trash folder on Watson’s device while responding to a public records request.”
The Wall Street Journal got the audio first. Major props to them.
What Really Happened
“I hope you’re going back two years as opposed to just checking, you know, one against the other because that would just be sort of a signature check that didn’t mean anything,” Trump said. “But if you go back two years, and if you can get to Fulton, you’re going to find things that are going to be unbelievable, the dishonesty that we’ve heard from, just good sources, really good sources.”
“But Fulton is the mother lode, you know, as the expression goes. Fulton County,” he added.
WaPo did not retract the story. Instead, the publication issues a correction and changed the headline. However, the headline remains misleading: “Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts say could amount to obstruction.”
The newspaper published a brand new article, though.
This kind of mistake is beyond serious. There's zero accountability in major corporate media anymore, yet they continually insist they're the ones holding the line on the truth. And always remember what should scare you about the media is what *doesn't get exposed." pic.twitter.com/ceBaApCZQ8
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) March 15, 2021
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) March 15, 2021
Nobody at WaPo will be held accountable for reporting fake quotes from anonymous sources attributed to the president of the United States that were completely made up because corporate media is a blatantly corrupt enterprise https://t.co/1wKEaihB0C
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 15, 2021
Politicians should tell the truth, but telling the truth is only one of several jobs they have.
For journalists, telling the truth is the whole job. https://t.co/TMonfBsXcz
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