Many of you may have seen the Washington Post correction. It’s less well known that the Associated Press, supposedly by infallible Bible of journalism, made the same mistake.
From an AP correction that ran Monday night:
In a story January 9, 2021, about a phone call between then-President Donald Trump and a lead Georgia elections investigator, The Associated Press, based on information provided by a source, erroneously reported that Trump pressed the investigator to “find the fraud” and said it would make the investigator a national hero. A recording of the call made public two months later revealed that Trump did not say either and instead said that if the investigator looked into Fulton County the investigator would “find things that are gonna be unbelievable.” Trump also told the investigator: “When the right answer comes out, you’ll be praised.”
How inconvenient that an actual recording of the phone call surfaced. The clear implication of the original story, supposedly “confirmed” by several major MSM new outlets, was that Trump was demanding that Georgia make up results.
So much for all the old standards of journalism – evaluating sources, using two sources, etc. It was just GET TRUMP AT ANY COST.
The mainstream media have long been aligned with Democrats and the rest of the Left, but are now unabashedly and unrestrictedly so. That’s fine. But they need to stop pretending that they are objective “authorities” on what is news.