During the 2020 hotly contested election recounts in Georgia, the Washington Post published a story that alleged Trump was essentially asking Georgia election officials to rig the results of the recount in his favor.
The story quoted then-President Trump as telling a Georgia election official to “find the fraud” and that he would be a “national hero” if he did.
The Washington Post now has issued a major correction to the story which is conveniently veiled behind a paywall:
“Correction: Two months after publication of this story, the Georgia secretary of state released an audio recording 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. 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.” A story about the recording can be found here. The headline and text of this story have been corrected to remove quotes misattributed to Trump.”
INBOX: Trump statement on Washington Post correction: pic.twitter.com/vTcKSI1gEN
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) March 15, 2021
The nefarious thing about this retraction is that the phone call where the supposed comments took place was recorded so the reporter – and likely the Washington Post editors – either did not hear the alleged comments but chose to run them without verifying them or chose to grossly misrepresent then-President Trump’s comments to create the narrative that he was asking Georgia election officials to cheat on his behalf.
WATCH the raw video of Trump’s call:
President Trump released a statement about the Washington Post retraction and doubled down on claims the election in Georgia was rigged against him.
“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 beginning I would further appreciate a strong investigation into Fulton County, Georgia, and the Stacy 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 would most likely 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.”
NEW: President Trump releases a statement on the Washington Post retraction on the "find the fraud" story:
"Establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way– against me and against Republicans." pic.twitter.com/qRlPHFkX97
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 15, 2021