It’s shameful, inexcusable, and heads should roll. What the Washington Post has done in an attempt to smear Donald Trump should face serious consequences, even CNN agrees.
After the 2020 US presidential elections, the paper, “Misquoted” the president, after a call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State’s top investigator. The “misquotes” lead the public to believe that Trump had attempted to interfere in the Georgia election.
A senior writer from RealClearInvestigations mentioned the issue in an article:
“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. Also note headline on the Post’s follow-up story is a sort of maliciously anodyne ‘Recording reveals details of Trump call to Georgia’s chief elections investigator.’ It’s not ‘Trump’s Remarks Grossly Misrepresented Across Media, Because We Credulously Fall For Political Ops.’”
Mary Katherine Ham, who is a conservative contributor for CNN sait that someone should be fired for this:
“So, they made up quotes. What in the actual F,” Ham tweeted. “The header for this story could be a little clearer, like ‘Our Bad, We Made Fake News That Led the National News For Weeks And This Audio Proves It,’” she added with a link to the Post’s story.
“For those in my timeline asking me if it really matters bc Trump bad anyway, YES, IT REALLY MATTERS! Quotes being correct matters A LOT. Don’t you see that’s the issue? If a reporter is so dead sure, that ‘Trump bad anyway,’ he is less inclined to question or vet his own stories.” Ham continued. “And don’t give me the ‘corrections are an example of the system working’ stuff. Sometimes they are! Here, they’re coming in 3 mos later when they were outed by a recording & the correction & new story are designed to downplay as much as possible, not blare as loudly as original.” The Dailly Wire quoted.
National Review writer David Harsanyi added his say in an opinion piece:
“There is absolutely no way that 20 years ago a newspaper would have gone with a story about a presidential call with so little corroboration. This is just one of dozens of major stories that big outlets got completely wrong. And it’s no mistake that all of them skew in 1 direction,” he added. “Trump gave them license to act like a bunch of unprofessional hysterical activists. And no one will pay a price because they provide their subscribers with exactly the content they want.”