“You will notice that establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way -- against me and against Republicans.”
A video backs up Trump's assertion about how widespread the "find the fraud" claim was parroted.
Today’s correction by the Washington Post led former President Trump to give his thoughts on the matter. He released the statement in the traditional press release style format that he has become accustomed to, after his comeback speech at CPAC.
It reads: “The Washington Post just issued a correction as to the contents of the incorrectly reported phone call I had with respect to voter fraud in the Great State of Georgia. While I appreciate the Washington Post’s correction, which immediately makes the Georgia Witch Hunt a non-story, the original story was a Hoax, right from the very beginning. I would further appreciate a strong investigation into Fulton County, Georgia, and the Stacey Abrams political machine which, I believe, would totally change the course of the presidential election in Georgia.”
While the first paragraph discussed what Trump saw as an establishment working against him, in the second paragraph he talks about how the butterfly effect of seemingly smaller decisions had a greater impact on the overall election outcome.
“Fulton County has not been properly audited for vote or signature verification. They only looked at areas of the State where there most likely would be few problems, and even there they found large numbers of mistakes. We are seeking to find and reveal the large-scale election fraud which took place in Georgia. Many residents agree, and their anger caused them not to turn out and vote for two Republican Senators in the January election.”
He continues: “The Consent Decree signed between Raffensperger and Stacey Abrams was not approved by the Georgia State Legislature, and therefore should be deemed invalid, and the election result changed. Why the Governor and Raffensperger ever approved this Consent Decree is one of the great questions? We look forward to an answer.”
In the finale he both expresses gratitude for the Washington Post to correct their mistake, while also railing against the mainstream media in general.
“You will notice that establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way -- against me and against Republicans. Meanwhile, stories that hurt Democrats or undermine their narratives are buried, ignored, or delayed until they can do the least harm -- for example, after an election is over. Look no further than the negative coverage of the vaccine that preceded the election and the overdue celebration of the vaccine once the election had concluded. A strong democracy requires a fair and honest press. This latest media travesty underscores that legacy media outlets should be regarded as political entities -- not journalistic enterprises. In any event, I thank the Washington Post for the correction.”
On March 11th 2021, the Washington Post updated a story they had posted back on January 9th. It detailed a second December phone call President Trump had with Georgia election officials. This being a separate one from the highly publicized exchange Trump had with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
The recent recording released by the Secretary of State’s office did not match the quotes used in Washington Post’s piece. Specifically the outlet claimed Trump told election officials to “find the fraud” and they’d be a “national hero” for doing that. A stretch from the now known reality that Trump stated his strong beliefs that election officials would find “dishonesty” in the ballots, as well as his reiterating that the people in Georgia had “the most important job in the country right now.”