Washington Post admitted lies about Donald Trump
Shortly after the so-called "storming of the Capitol," US media put freely invented quotes into Trump's mouth. The mood in the U.S. was heated at the time, and U.S. Democrats and the media loyal to them did everything they could to harm Trump. The goal was to bring another impeachment trial against Trump to ban him for life from running for political office.
It's only a very small report in the Washington Post, but it's explosive. And it probably won't be reported in Germany, because it confirms that the U.S. media have been putting fictitious quotes into Trump's mouth.
Democrats announced on Jan. 9 that they would launch the new impeachment proceedings. As luck would have it, that was also the day the Washington Post published the fictitious Trump quote.
The German media also picked up the story that Trump had wanted to influence the election and spread it diligently. Der Spiegel, for example, reported on that very day, January 9, 2021, under the headline "According to media report - Trump allegedly tried to influence election outcome one more time."
"Already at the end of December, U.S. President Donald Trump is said to have called the state of Georgia and put pressure on a senior official. This is reported by the "Washington Post"."
That was - many suspected at the time - brazenly lying. However, those who accused the media of lying at the time were in turn attacked by the media as conspiracy theorists. Now it turns out that the "conspiracy theorists" of that time were right once again. On March 16, 2021, the Washington Post admitted in a very short article that it was all fiction.
The report was carried in major headlines at the time and fueled the "scandal" surrounding Trump.
"In a Jan. 9, 2021, story about a phone call between then-President Donald Trump and a top election investigator in Georgia, The Associated Press, based on information from one source, incorrectly reported that Trump had urged the investigator to "find the fraud" and said he would make the investigator a national hero. A recording of the call released two months later revealed that Trump said neither, but instead said that if the investigator looked at Fulton County, he would "find things that are going to be incredible." Trump also told the investigator, "If the right answer comes out, you'll be commended."
The current message is very short and well hidden. It doesn't compare to the big headlines the case made back then. This is the way the media likes to go: They make a huge fuss with made-up or misleading reports, and when they can't help it, they admit much later in a small and well-hidden article that unfortunately, it was a "mistake."
Trump has praised the Washington Post for admitting its "error," but he added:
"You will find that the media's mistakes, their omissions, and their lies always go in one direction: Against me and against the Republicans. This latest media travesty underscores that the legacy media should be viewed as political actors - not journalistic enterprises."
It's hard to disagree with that, as this case once again shows. And we will see this confirmed in Germany as well because it is hardly likely that the German media will now report on the Washington Post's admission in similarly large headlines as they did back then on Trump's alleged attempts to influence the election results and pressure officials. The stories were untrue, as the Washington Post now admits.
To ensure that no one sees this, if possible, the media do not report on it at all, or only in such small reports as the Washington Post did.
This confirms Trump's accusation because if they were concerned with reporting and not with political influence, the media would now have to report on it under large headlines and ask the Associated Press news agency how it could be that a freely invented report was published there. But the Washington Post doesn't ask this question either, it admits a mistake and that's it.