The Washington Post has corrected a headline that claimed there was “no migrant ‘surge’ at the U.S. southern border,” though it chose to say the article had been “updated” rather than correct, and now claims the surge is “actually a predictable pattern.” The “update” follows a correction that the publication was forced to issue earlier this month in an article that attributed fictional quotes to President Donald Trump.
The Washington Post’s original headline on Wednesday read “There’s no migrant ‘surge’ at the U.S. southern border. Here’s the data.” The headline has since been amended to “The migrant ‘surge’ at the U.S. southern border is actually a predictable pattern.”
A message reading “this post has been updated” is now contained within the article, and there are some text changes as well.
One sentence that claimed “What we’re seeing, in other words, isn’t a surge or crisis, but a predictable seasonal shift” has been updated to read “What we’re seeing right now is a predictable seasonal shift.”
Original: "What we're seeing, in other words, isn't a surge or crisis, but a predictable seasonal shift."
New: "What we're seeing right now is a predictable seasonal shift." pic.twitter.com/LeZoeq6yr3
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Earlier this month, the Washington Post issued an apology for fictional quotes that were “misattributed” to President Trump during a phone call with a Georgia election official:
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.”
President Trump responded by excoriating the Washington Post and other mainstream media outlets in a statement.