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When the words “bombshell,” “according,” “to,” “the,” “Washington,” and “Post” are read together — assume whatever follows is mostly false.
The Washington Post has now quietly updated a report from two months ago that quoted then-President Donald Trump pressuring a Georgia election official to “find the fraud” to overturn the election. The audio now confirms Trump never said that nor did he bribe Frances Watson, the chief investigator for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, with the title of “national hero,” as The Post also inaccurately reported.
Here’s a look at the correction, responding to the audio of the call that The Wall Street Journal published last week:
That is quite the mistake. Hard to mix up those words, no? It happens. Maybe Jeff Bezos is next to get a hit piece written on him with words he never used?
“Nobody at WaPo will be held accountable for reporting fake quotes from anonymous sources attributed to the president of the United States that were completely made up because corporate media is a blatantly corrupt enterprise,” The Daily Caller’s Greg Price first pointed out.
Of course not. The Washington Post remains rather proud of this story’s talking points that spread to CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and Twitter. They were hits. Fake, but successful.
Some may call this another nail in the coffin to the credibility of The Washington Post‘s, but they’d be wrong. To those at The Post, this is a win because they already inflicted the harm they’d intended. Their credibility is also long gone, so they don’t have to worry about damaging that anymore either.
These quiet updates to stories that people are no longer reading and sharing have little to no impact. Few original readers or viewers of networks that discussed the made-up quotes are going back two months and finding this correction hidden in the archives.
Is anyone expecting the news networks to provide this update tonight? Millions of Americans will never know Trump was widely misquoted, and that’s part of the game.
As always, subscribe to newspapers. Honest ones.