What They Are Saying: The Washington Post’s Fake Georgia Call Story

03/16/21

Key Headlines


Fox News: “Washington Post panned for massive correction to Trump-Georgia election story: ‘So, they made up quotes’”

 

Newsweek: “Washington Post Correction Triggers Furious Debate About Whether False Report Influenced Georgia Senate Race”

 

New York Post: “Trump says Washington Post misquoting of his call with Ga. official was ‘media travesty’”

 

The Federalist: “Washington Post Accuses Trump Of A Crime Based On Fabricated Quotes”

 

Daily Mail: “’So, they made up quotes?!’: Washington Post is slammed after admitting it misquoted Trump's call to Georgia elections investigator asking her ‘to find the fraud’”

 

Mediaite: “Washington Post Issues Massive Correction to Report on Trump Call to Georgia Official That ‘Misquoted’ His Comments”

 

Washington Examiner: “Media misquoted Trump in notorious phone call with Georgia investigator”

 

Newsbusters: “Washington Post Exposed for Fraudulent Story on Trump Call to Georgia”

Washington Times: “Washington Post misquotes Trump's call with Georgia official”

 

Washington Times: “Washington Post misquotes Trump's call with Georgia official”

 

Newsmax: “Wash Post Concedes It Misquoted Trump's Call With Georgia Official”

 

Breitbart: “Washington Post Admits Trump’s ‘Find the Fraud’ Quote Was Fake News”

 

Daily Wire: “‘They Made Up Quotes’: WaPo Ripped For Reporting Fraudulent Trump Quotes On Call With GA Investigator”

 

Notable Quotes From Politicos


Senator Kevin Cramer: “Good for the @washingtonpost, I guess, for issuing a correction. Shame on them for letting it happen in the first place.

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn: “The @WashingtonPost  is fake news.”

 

Senator Ron Johnson: “And they wonder why people don’t trust the mainstream media. This correction from @washingtonpost”

 

Rep. Jim Jordan: “President Trump was right. Fake news! Wonder how many Pinocchio’s the @washingtonpost will give itself?”

 

Rep. Mark Walker: Blatantly disregarding the truth to fit your narrative is completely wrong and dangerous to our society. The Washington Post needs to do more than issue a half-hearted retraction, they need to apologize to President Trump and be held accountable for their ‘Fake News’ reporting.

 

Rep. Madison Cawthorn: “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.

 

Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “Surprise, Surprise! The Washington Post falsely attributed quotes to President Trump in a phone call with a Georgia election investigator based on an ‘anonymous source.’ They have now corrected the story MONTHS later...”

 

Real Clear Investigations’ Mark Hemingway: “This kind of mistake is beyond serious. There’s zero accountability in major corporate media anymore, yet they continually insist they're the ones holding the line on the truth. And always remember what should scare you about the media is what *doesn't get exposed.’”

 

Hemingway: “This kind of mistake is beyond serious. There’s zero accountability in major corporate media anymore, yet they continually insist they're the ones holding the line on the truth. And always remember what should scare you about the media is what *doesn't get exposed."”

 

Hemingway: “Anyway, it's also worth pondering when was the last time you saw a correction of this gravity that was anywhere near this damaging to a Democratic politician? I'm guessing you have to dig pretty far back.”

 

Politico’s Alex Thompson: “real bad. this quote was and still is everywhere.”

 

The Federalists’ Mollie Hemingway: “Today's reveal that WaPo allowed a political opponent to anonymously invent Trump quotes is quite the story. But my favorite ‘anonymous’ story remains ‘Anonymous’! That was when the NYT tried to suggest a disgruntled low-level staffer was Trump cabinet official or family member.”

 

Hemingway: “Our media are so, so, so breathtakingly corrupt. They *always* mischaracterized this call -- in a corrupt and fraudulent way. But to actually make up quotes in service of that? We are so screwed. By our disgustingly corrupt and unaccountable media.”

 

Hemingway: Also when CNN used two ‘anonymous’ sources to falsely accuse Don Jr of having advance knowledge of a Russia Wikileaks thing but it turned out that their supposedly independent "sources" both managed to get the date on the email wrong. Also that other outlets ‘confirmed’ it. Fun

 

Hemingway: “Or maybe my favorites are the 2,472,547 ‘Russia collusion hoax’ stories all based on completely sketchy anonymous sources and all totally false, for which our media gave themselves awards. And then pretended it was all NBD once they were exposed as hacks.”

 

Hemingway: “But the Atlantic’s anonymously sourced Aisne-Marne Cemetery/Trump hates soldiers story -- completely refuted by common sense, massive on-the-record rebuttals, government emails, and historical weather reports -- was pretty bad, too, and quite consequential.”

 


 

Jason Chaffetz: “Washington Post panned for massive correction to Trump-Georgia election story: ‘So, they made up quotes’”

 

Glenn Greenwald: “A massive WPost correction on one of the most discussed stories of the last 6 months. Look at this thread to see how widespread it went in media. As was true of Russiagate: reporting errors are to be expected. But they should go 50/50, not always in the same political direction.”

 

Fox News’ Sean Hannity: “OOPS! WAPO ISSUES CORRECTION: The Washington Post issued a lengthy correction after it was revealed that a story about former President Trump’s call with a GA election official contained fake quotes. TONIGHT Kayleigh McEnany responds.”

 

The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro: “Just to be clear, WaPo reported quotes made up out of whole cloth and attributed to Trump, all from an anonymous source. Other media outlets then "confirmed" those quotes, presumably by quoting the same anonymous source. The story only fell apart when tape was released. Wow.”

 

Breitbart’s Alex Marlow: “The Washington Post just admitted to publishing fabricated quotes that suggested Trump was attempting a coup. This would be enough to tank the entire paper if there was any semblance of journalistic integrity left.

 

Breitbart’s Joel Pollak: “The Senate came 10 votes short of convicting Trump partly based on fake news -- from a single anonymous source -- in the @washingtonpost. ‘Democracy dies in darkness,’ indeed.

 

Daily Caller: “Will anybody at @washingtonpost be held accountable for reporting false quotes from an anonymous source attributed to President Trump that were completely made up? (Probably not)