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ABC News and PBS Refuse to Retract Fabricated WaPo Trump Story


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It’s one thing for the fake news media to be lazy with their reporting.

It’s an entirely different thing when they REFUSE to retract a story that has been proven FALSE!

The Washington Post ran a story claiming that Trump called the Georgia Secretary of State, urging him to “find the fraud.”

The only problem is that the story was proven false and we now know who made up the quotes.

The actual recording of the phone call proves that Trump never said those words.

The Washington Post itself quietly retracted the story.

But at least they corrected it.

However, ABC News and PBS have both refused to retract or correct the story.

They both ran headlines and dominated news cycles with this bogus story from the Washington Post.

Shouldn’t their viewers and readers know that this was fake news?

More details below:

The fact that the mainstream media is hesitant to issue a correction tells you the truth about them.

These people are not interested in TRUTH or objective reporting.

Rather, they are purposefully trying to push a narrative.

NewsBusters has more details on this media malpractice:

Over two months after the rest of the liberal media latched onto a Washington Post report claiming then-President Trump called up a Georgia election official and ordered them to “find the fraud,” the paper admitted they were peddling fake news. But with the rest of the media scrambling to make the corrections in their online copies of the story, ABC News and PBS, who talked about the now-debunked order on-air, refused to give corresponding corrections to their viewers Monday.

During a January 10 report for Sunday’s Good Morning America, correspondent Elwyn Lopez announced: “And the President’s false claims of voter fraud continue to be in the headlines. In a late December phone call, President Trump encouraged an election official here in Georgia to, quote, ‘find the fraud.’”

But at no point, during Monday’s newscast, did ABC’s World News Tonight correct the record for viewers. Instead, anchor David Muir talked about the snow in Colorado, touted New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland (D) getting confirmed as the interior secretary, and fawned over the Oscar nominations.

As for their online report, ABC buried the correction. Nowhere near the top of the article did it indicate the piece was recently edited. They crammed this editor’s note at the very bottom, and at no point did they say who they “confirmed” the false information with at the time:

Editor’s note: Two months after this story was originally published, ABC News obtained a recording of then-President Donald Trump’s call with Frances Watson, the chief investigator in Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office, via an open records request. ABC News had first reported that, according to an individual familiar with the matter, Trump phoned Watson during a signature match audit, telling her to “find the fraud” and that she would be a “national hero” for it. However, in the recording of the call, Trump does not say those exact words. This story and its headlines have been updated to remove those quotes.

It was a similar story over on PBS’s NewsHour.

As part of the January 10 weekend edition of the newscast, anchor Hari Sreenivasan pushed the false Washington Post report. “As Congress weighs impeaching Mr. Trump, there are new reports that the President interfered in Georgia’s election results beyond his now-public phone call to Georgia’s secretary of state,” he said. “The Washington Post reported yesterday that President Trump called a Georgia election investigator and pressured him to, quote, ‘Find the fraud’ in a phone call shortly before Christmas.”

Adding: “Legal experts told The Post the President’s attempts to intervene in an ongoing investigation could amount to obstruction of justice or other criminal violations, but may be difficult to prove.”

NewsHour Weekend also had a report about the phone call on their website. But as of the publication of this piece, no correction or editor’s note had been made.

And while neither CBS nor NBC gave The Post’s report any airtime, they did post articles about it online (January 10 and January 9 respectively). But just like PBS, as of the publication of this piece, neither of them had been corrected.

For some reason, we have a funny feeling that if this false story had been about Joe Biden or any other Democrat, the media would be falling over itself to issue retractions and corrections.

But because this story hurts Donald Trump, they are taking their time…

Heck, they might not even correct it at all!

This whole debacle proves the problem with relying on anonymous sources.

Anonymous sources can push their own agenda without ever being held accountable.

Democrats have a funny habit of relying on anonymous sources.

Compare this to Republicans, who are willing and excited to go on the record to prove their case to the American people.

It’s a matter of respect.

Fox News has more insight on the disastrous Washington Post article:

The Washington Post made a massive correction Monday to a January report about a phone call between then-President Donald Trump and a Georgia elections investigator, as the liberal paper admitted multiple quotes attributed to Trump based on an anonymous source were inaccurate.

The corrected story was a hot topic on cable news and talk shows that helped spread the Post’s flawed report and media watchdogs feel it points to larger problems with agenda-driven anonymous sources and liberal outlets that rush to “confirm” them.

“This ‘correction’ is more than a correction, it calls into question the pervasive reliance of the liberal media on anonymous sources in order to attack and undermine Republicans,” Cornell Law School professor and media critic William A. Jacobson told Fox News.

“Almost the entirety of the Russia collusion media effort was based on anonymous sources which turned out to be overblown at best, false at worst, after the Mueller Report was released,” Jacobson continued. “This raises the question of whether these sources exist at all, or are fed the answers the liberal media wants to create the appearance of reporting for what in reality is a regurgitation of media talking points.”

The Hill media columnist and Fox News contributor Joe Concha feels anonymous sources do exist but are often simply political operatives looking to push their preferred narrative regardless of facts.

“They’re given these conjured-up quotes, and it comes from a nefarious source. Does this all sound familiar? And it’s not Deep Throat we’re talking about here, it’s a political operative that had an agenda,” Concha said Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.”

“It’s kind of like, you go to the beach and you throw up food to seagulls and the seagull doesn’t really check what the food is exactly, they just eat it up. They gobble it up and that’s what happens with the media so often,” Concha said. “During the Trump era we had all these unnamed source stories that only seem to go in one direction, negative toward the 45th president.”

The Post initially reported Trump had told an official working in Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office to “find the fraud” in the state, which he lost narrowly to Joe Biden, and that she would be a “national hero” if she did.

However, a newly emerged recording of the Dec. 23 call found he didn’t use those words. Instead, Trump said she would be “praised” when the “right answer comes out” and encouraged her to closely examine mail-in ballots in heavily blue Fulton County.

Concha added the original story typically gets significantly more coverage than the correction. Grabien Media founder Tom Elliott put together a montage of media outlets promoting the Post’s now-debunked “find the fraud” tidbit.

CNN even boasted on air that its own reporter “confirmed” the bogus details of the call.

“Will any of these ‘reporters’ offer corrections? If not, are they ‘reporters,’ or activists? Yes, these questions are rhetorical,” Elliott wrote.

So what’s your prediction?

Will ABC and PBS eventually retract or correct these stories?

Or will they eventually be forced to admit the truth?



 

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