On Monday (March 15), Trump commented that the Washington Post now acknowledges that a story in the paper last year misquoted a call he made with a Georgia election investigator in December, reflecting “the absurdity of the media. He also said he remains grateful for the paper’s correction.
In December, a Washington Post story about Trump’s call with election investigators went viral, with leftists claiming the story could show Trump pressuring state officials to “subvert the election. On March 11, the newspaper released a statement saying the previously popular story was in error and altering the most critical part of Trump’s statement.
In response, Trump said in the statement, “You’ll notice that the establishment media’s errors, omissions, mistakes and outright lies are always slanted in one direction – the direction that will hit me and Republicans.”
“Meanwhile, stories that hurt Democrats or are damaging are buried, ignored or delayed until they cause the least amount of damage, for example, until after the election (is reported). Look at how negative coverage of vaccines before the election, and overdue coverage of vaccine achievements after the election, were handled. A strong democracy requires fair and honest journalism. The latest media coverage shows that these mainstream media outlets should be viewed as political entities, not news enterprises,” Trump’s statement reads.
Regarding the erroneous reporting on Trump last December, the Washington Post’s 11-day corrective statement said, “Two months after the story was published, the Georgia secretary of state’s office released audio recording a phone conversation between President Trump and the state’s top election investigator in December. A source said the audio misquoted what Trump said on the call.”
“Trump did not tell investigators to ‘find some fraud’ or that she would be a ‘national hero’ if she did that. Instead, Trump asked investigators to scrutinize the ballots in Fulton County, Georgia, and said she would find ‘dishonesty’ there. Trump also said, ‘She’s doing the most important work in this country right now’ …… The title and interior of the story have been corrected and the quote that misidentified Trump’s claim has been removed.”
The New York Post argued that the correction significantly changed the content of the phone story, which was politically explosive because it was widely circulated as evidence that Trump was plotting to overturn the election.
Trump argued that the Washington Post’s correction served as a “defense of him.
“The Washington Post just corrected an erroneous report that I called the state of Georgia to discuss election fraud. I appreciate the Washington Post’s correction, which immediately put the Georgia witch hunt out of its misery, but the original story was a hoax from the beginning. I would further appreciate an in-depth investigation into Georgia’s Fulton County and Democrat Stacey Abrams’ political machine, which I believe will completely change the course of the Georgia presidential election,” Trump said in a statement.
Taking the opportunity, Trump again criticized Georgia’s election problems.
“Fulton County has not been properly vetted for ballot or signature verification. They have only looked at the most likely places in the state to have problems, and even there they found many errors. We are looking for and revealing the massive election fraud that occurred in Georgia. Many voters agree with this, and their anger led them to not vote for two Republican senators in the January election.”
“The consent decree signed between Laffensperger (Republican Secretary of State) and Stacey Abrams was not approved by the Georgia Legislature and therefore should be considered null and void, which would have changed the outcome of the election. Why did the governor and Laffensperger ever approve this consent decree? is a big question, and we look forward to an answer.”