The Washington Post Issues A Correction Over False Trump Coverage

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The Washington Post got something wrong about President Donald Trump.

The newspaper issued a lengthy correction to a January 2021 quoting Trump as telling an elections investigator in Georgia “to find the fraud” and that she would be a hero if she did it. 

The inference of the story was that Trump saw the official election results favoring Joe Biden as legitimate, did not care, and wanted to change them anyway. However, The Washington Post now admits that was not the case.

The newspaper on Monday, March 15 added a correction to the top of the original story. The story quoted an anonymous source about Trump’s telephone call in it. The newspaper now says the source got it wrong.

Here’s what The Washington Post is now saying about the story:

“Correction:  Two months after publication of this story, the Georgia secretary of state released an audio recording of President Donald Trump’s December phone call with the state’s top elections investigator. The recording revealed that The Post misquoted Trump’s comments on the call, based on information provided by a source,” the correction states, in part.

“Trump did not tell the investigator to ‘find the fraud’ or say she would be ‘a national hero’ if she did so,” the correction continued. “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 headline and text of this story have been corrected to remove quotes misattributed to Trump,” it concluded.

The correction comes as The Wall Street Journal obtained audio of the telephone call a few days ago and reported on the matter.

“When the right answer comes out, you’ll be praised,” Trump reportedly told Frances Watson, the chief investigator of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

Watson reportedly told Trump in response: “I can assure you that our team and the [Georgia Bureau of Investigation], that we are only interested in the truth and finding the information that is based on the facts.”

Trump issued a statement to the press, including NewBostonPost, on the matter on Monday night. Here is what he had to say:

The Washington Post just issued a correction as to the contents of the incorrectly reported phone call I had with respect to voter fraud in the Great State of Georgia.  While I appreciate the Washington Post’s correction, which immediately makes the Georgia Witch Hunt a non-story, the original story was a Hoax, right from the very beginning.  I would further appreciate a strong investigation into Fulton County, Georgia, and the Stacey Abrams political machine which, I believe, would totally change the course of the presidential election in Georgia.

Fulton County has not been properly audited for vote or signature verification.  They only looked at areas of the State where there most likely would be few problems, and even there they found large numbers of mistakes.  We are seeking to find and reveal the large-scale election fraud which took place in Georgia.  Many residents agree, and their anger caused them not to turn out and vote for two Republican Senators in the January election.

The Consent Decree signed between Raffensperger and Stacey Abrams was not approved by the Georgia State Legislature, and therefore should be deemed invalid, and the election result changed.  Why the Governor and Raffensperger ever approved this Consent Decree is one of the great questions?  We look forward to an answer.

You will notice that establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way — against me and against Republicans.  Meanwhile, stories that hurt Democrats or undermine their narratives are buried, ignored, or delayed until they can do the least harm — for example, after an election is over.  Look no further than the negative coverage of the vaccine that preceded the election and the overdue celebration of the vaccine once the election had concluded.  A strong democracy requires a fair and honest press.  This latest media travesty underscores that legacy media outlets should be regarded as political entities — not journalistic enterprises.  In any event, I thank the Washington Post for the correction.

Trump officially lost Georgia in the 2020 presidential election by fewer than 12,000 votes.