Trump Praises Washington Post for Retracting Fake News

Trump Praises Washington Post for Retracting Fake News

( – 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.

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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