• Richard Easson

WaPo Retraction of “Find the Fraud Story” Doesn't Help Image of Left-Wing Media

The Washington Post has yet again proven that it deserves to sit among tabloid magazines National Enquirer and The Star at the checkout counter of your local food store.

WaPo’s December article accusing then-President Trump of pressuring Georgia Elections Investigator Frances Watson to “find the fraud” turned out to be fake. Surprise, surprise. The paper retracted the story last Thursday and issued a rather lengthy excuse for its decision to do so.

Breitbart had reported that WaPo changed its original headline from "'Find the fraud': Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts say could amount to obstruction" to "Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts say could amount to obstruction" on March 11.

The long note written after the updated headline and before the story begins, reads: "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 recording revealed that The Post misquoted Trump's comments on the call, based on information provided by a source.”

The explanation for the sudden retraction continued, "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."

Additionally, the Washington Examiner reported that the Wall Street Journal published audio last week between Trump and Watson debunking WaPo and CNN’s original claims that Trump said to “find the fraud” so she can be a “national hero.” The recording clearly showed the former-president simply urging that Fulton County mail-in ballots be investigated for fraud. Is it not a president’s duty to ensure fraud does not occur in an election and that they remain free and fair? Why yes, yes it is.

Trump later issued a statement thanking the fake news outlet for retracting its debunked story saying, "While I appreciate Washington Post's correction, which makes the Georgia Witch-Hunt a non-story, the original story was a Hoax right from the very beginning. I would further appreciate a strong investigation into Fulton County, Georgia and the Stacey Abrams political machine, which I believe would totally change the course of the presidential elections in Georgia.”

The statement explained that the county in question "had not been properly audited for vote and signature verification" and that investigators looking for only small issues “found large numbers of mistakes.”

The former president also cited the Consent Decree that was signed by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Stacey Abrams that was ultimately disapproved by the state legislature. The legislature questioned why Raffensperger even approved the decree. As it was not approved by the state legislature, Trump said it makes it invalid and makes the election results invalid. Just another story of people in high places circumventing their state legislatures and constitutions to do what they want.

Trump also did not hesitate to slam the media in its coverage of the election and its effect on politics. "You will notice that establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way--against me and against Republicans. Meanwhile, stories that hurt Democrats or undermine their narratives are buried, ignored, delayed until they could do the least harm--for example, after the election is over."

That one’s for you WaPo and CNN.

So again, for these fake news outlets that continuously have to retract stories and don’t even have the common courtesy to factcheck themselves, if we had to classify them as if we were stocking them at a local Barnes & Noble, putting them on the shelf alongside the likes of Mad Magazine, National Enquirer, Globe, and The Star would do just fine. The bright side is that there would be little to no confusion as to where to find them.