Washington Post issues lengthy correction of story misquoting Trump phone call

The Washington Post recently issued a retraction of a “bombshell” report about former President Donald Trump — months after its allegations made a serious political impact.

In a lengthy correction issued on Monday, the newspaper acknowledged that it misattributed a quote to Trump regarding “fraud” in the results of Georgia’s statewide presidential election.

“Only interested in the truth”

The Post claimed in January that Trump told Frances Watson, an official in Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office, to “find the fraud” and that she would become a “national hero” if she did.

As it turns out, however, the anonymously sourced quote was false.

It was the Wall Street Journal that released a recording of Trump’s December phone call, revealing that he actually told Watson that she would be “praised” when the “right answer comes out,” asking her to review mail-in ballots submitted in Democratic-leaning Fulton County.

For her part, she responded that she was “only interested in the truth and finding the information that is based on the facts.”

In its correction this week, the Post admitted that it “misquoted” the former president, writing: “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.”

“Right from the very beginning”

The paper acknowledged that Raffensperger’s release of an audio recording of the call revealed the error.

By the time the correction came out, however, the damage had been done. The false quotes were spread far and wide by Trump’s foes — and Democratic lawmakers even used the supposed comments against him in an impeachment effort following January’s riot on Capitol Hill.

Critics have slammed the newspaper for displaying a typical example of anti-Trump bias using inaccurate claims only to later retract them. Trump issued his own statement denouncing the Post as emblematic of a corrupt and partisan press.

“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,” Trump asserted.

The former president went on to declare: “You will notice that establishment errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way — against me and against Republicans.”

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12 Responses

  1. Is the person who gave the incorrect statement known ? Does anyone have a name? It does now sound like an error to me..it sound intentional to sway voters from Trump and should face consequences !!!

  2. They have nothing to lose now. They got what they wanted so they can tell the truth now. It makes no difference to their reputation. They have their supporters running the entire government. They managed to get Trump out of office by lies and abetting stealing the election. Period.

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  4. I think President Trump should sue for defamation of character and false reporting. That is libelous falsehoods.

  5. This is only one of the lies out of what, one hundred, a thousand. Someone could take a lifetime debunking most of the lies the fake media fed the public.

  6. We all knew this, so let our PRESIDENT TRUMP, BACK IN HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE, IN THE WHITE HOUSE, & GET RID OF THE THIEF, CRAZY SENILE, joe. President TRUMP was the BEST PRESIDENT AMERICA, HAS EVER HAD, HE WAS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, & DID A FANTASTI JOB FOR AMERICA. Crazy joe is ruining AMERICA, & MAKING US A LAUGHING STOCK, IN THE WORLD.

  7. President Trump is our rightful President any one with half a brain should be able to figure that out. Of course that lets out fake news or propaganda tv.

  8. Wash Post publishes lies about Trump without vetting story or, worse, knowingly because they have no ethics or morals. Then they let Biden imprison minors without a peep. They need to admit they are only a mouthpiece for the Demorats

  9. If leonidas the king of Sparta and his 300 were alive today, he and those brave 300 would weep, to see what we as a people, have done to their legacy of freedom. His deeds and that of the 300 was not to enrich himself or his people, but to make certain that all who watched what he and the 300 were willing to sacrifice (their lives) for not giving in to tyranny, fear, and chaos. Let not, what he and his brave 300, die for, be dismissed as well as others, who forefeited on foreign soils, the one true gift given by our creator, which is life, on behalf of free people.

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