Back in December, President Trump placed a call that is still being scrutinized to this day. He spoke with the chief elections investigator in Georgia and wanted her to take a closer look at the Fulton County fraud. The Washington Post and other mainstream media outlets reported on the call, offering all sorts of crazy quotes. You see, these quotes were supposed to prove the obvious: Trump is not all there!
Trump was alleged to have asked her to find the fraud. This is one of the quotes that was highlighted in the initial reporting. He is also said to have told her that she is going to be a national hero if she is able to help him out. “While election officials in Georgia were verifying signatures on absentee ballot envelopes in one metro Atlanta county, Donald Trump pressed a lead investigator to “find the fraud” and said it would make the investigator a national hero,” said The Guardian at the time.
“President Donald Trump pushed Georgia’s lead elections investigator in a phone call in December to produce evidence of fraud in the presidential race, telling the person to “find the fraud” and promising that they would be a “national hero” for doing so, according to a person familiar with the call,” NBC reported.
“In December, while a signature match audit was ongoing in one Georgia county, President Donald Trump phoned a chief investigator in Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office asking the official to “find the fraud” and telling this person they would be a “national hero” for it, an individual familiar with the matter confirmed to ABC News,” yet another mainstream media outlet chimed in.
There are lots and lots of stories like this one, that is for sure. They all cite the Washington Post as their primary source for the story as well. “President Trump urged Georgia’s lead elections investigator to “find the fraud” in a lengthy December phone call, saying the official would be a “national hero,” according to an individual familiar with the call who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the conversation,” the Washington Post said at the time.
It’s hard for us to believe that any of these mainstream media outlets did any sort of homework on this. They got the quote that they needed from the Washington Post and ran with it. Now, the media’s refusal to do their research has bitten right square in the backside. An audio recording of the phone call was released and wouldn’t you know it? Trump did not use the terms that were being ascribed to him before.
“Correction: 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 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. 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,” reads the belated correction.
The Post is not even willing to take the full brunt of the blame here. They are claiming that they paraphrased Trump incorrectly, which still allows them to let themselves off the hook a bit. “If you go back two years, and if you can get to Fulton, you’re going to find things that are going to be unbelievable, the dishonesty that we’ve heard from, just good sources, really good sources,” he said on the call. This is not about “finding the fraud”, it is about creating yet another dishonest story, it is about starting the next Trump witch hunt.