In a new twist to the very unpredictable, vendetta politics played in the US, the Washington Post, a leading Left wing news platform based in the Capital, Washington DC.
Last year, during the election period, the news media had reported that Trump had called on a Georgia election investigator to manipulate votes.
The media athlete credited the information to an “anonymous source”. However, WaPo have now corrected the story months later, with outrage from Conservatives.
The newspaper reported in January that the then President had spoken to Frances Watson in December, asking her to “find the fraud” in the state and that she would be a “national hero” if she did.
Several mainstream US media outlets including CNN, ABC News, NBC News and USA Today all subsequently claimed that they had“confirmed” The Washington Post’s story.
The Washington Post added a lengthy correction to its original story on Monday, admitting that it “misquoted” Mr Trump based on “information provided by a source”.
“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 note read.
“The recording revealed that The Postmisquoted 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 scrutinise ballots in Fulton County, Georgia, asserting she would find ‘dishonesty’ there. He also told her that she had ‘the most important job in the country right now’, the Post affirmed.
The false quotes were included in House Democrats’ impeachment brief.
In the meantime, President Trump has reacted to the Washington Post correction saying, it was a “hoax from the beginning.”
You will notice that establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes and outright lies always slant one way – against me and against Republicans,” he said.
“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.”