GOP Overreacts to Washington Post Correction On Trump’s GA Calls
The Washington Post has issued a correction to an earlier story that had quoted Donald Trump, while still in office, as instructing a Georgia election official “find the fraud” in the state, after audio of the phone call between them was released. State officials located the recording on a trash folder on a device belonging to Frances Watson, the chief investigator for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger while responding to a public records request, the Post reported.
The Post had reported in early January that while on the call Trump made on December 23, 2020, he said that Watson should “find the fraud,” and that she would be a “national hero,” according to Jordan Fuchs, the deputy secretary of state. However, Trump did not say either of those things.
“Instead,” the correction reads, “Trump urged the investigator to scrutinize ballots in Fulton County, Ga., asserting that she would find ‘dishonesty’ there. He also told her that she had ‘the most important job in the country right now.’”
The full correction reads as follows:
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 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.
If you read that statement carefully, the Washington Post only corrects a quote that had been falsely attributed to Trump. But his remaining loyalists are taking it as a full retraction instead of the correction that it is, employing the social media tactic of ignoring the facts as long as they get the clickbait clicks.
BREAKING: The Washington Post just RETRACTED their story on Trump’s phone call with Georgia’s Secretary of State.
WaPo admits that they LIED about the whole thing.
Left wing media is owned by the Democrat lie machine.
Retweet if you’re not even remotely surprised. pic.twitter.com/xreIKkZHDr
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) March 15, 2021
Right wing media is trying to pretend that the WaPo correction exculpates Trump, so here's a conservative noting the very obvious reason that it does not: https://t.co/ihSm2UrbUa
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) March 15, 2021
Despite CNN’s in-house fact checker weighing in, don’t expect the GOP narrative on this to change now that they’ve decided what it is.
This is wrong. The Post issued a correction about what was said on another Trump phone call, with Georgia’s chief elections investigator, on Dec. 23. https://t.co/7Rz7Bm1LwY They did not say anything was wrong with the story about Trump’s Jan. 2 call with the Secretary of State. https://t.co/BIgLIv6Pm0
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 15, 2021