In a statement released Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump castigated “legacy media” after the Washington Post issued a correction to a story which originally quoted Trump as telling a Georgia official to “find the fraud” and that would be a “national hero” if she did what he said.
“The Washington Post just issued a correction as to the contents of the incorrectly reported phone call I had with respect to voter fraud in the Great State of Georgia,” President Trump said in the statement. “While I appreciate the Washington Post’s correction, which immediately 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 election in Georgia.”
“You will notice that establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way—against me and against Republicans,” the statement continued. “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.”
President Trump concluded the statement by saying, “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.”
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National File reported earlier today on the Washington Post’s correction of the January phone call article:
In the original story, which was reported on by multiple mainstream far-left publications, President Trump was quoted telling the elections investigator to “find the fraud,” promising that she would be be “a national hero” if she complied with his demands.
Now, over two months after the story went viral, the Washington Post issued a correction that admitted the story had “misquoted” Trump.
“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 Washington Post correction stated. “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,” the correction continued. “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.”