(RepublicanNews.org) – The Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics demands that journalists “verify information” before releasing it. They must also “take responsibility for the accuracy of their work.” The same standards apply to media organizations, and The Washington Post (WaPo) fell short on both counts. Here’s what happened.
The Washington Post published an article on January 9 claiming that then-President Donald Trump told Frances Watson, a Georgia elections investigator, she should “find the fraud” in the state’s 2020 presidential election. WaPo also claimed he told her she would become a “national hero” were she to do so.
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. https://t.co/UzJ9GNBYoj
— Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) March 15, 2021
As it turns out, Georgia officials managed to locate a recording of that call. Lo and behold, that’s not at all what Trump said. He can be heard telling the investigator to uncover any “dishonesty” in the election, and once the truth comes out, “you’ll be praised.”
Showing that he’s the better man, Trump praised the newspaper’s “courage… to at least admit their mistake” during an interview on Fox News aired on March 16.
As former US Representative Mark Walker (R-NC) “blatantly” ignoring the truth to fit your agenda is dangerous. At the very least, The Washington Post owes Donald Trump a public apology.
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