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March 17, 2021

The media love to trumpet “bombshell” stories. Well, here’s a real “bombshell” that blew up in the media’s faces.

Monday, the Washington Post retracted its “bombshell” story from January that during a phone call, President Trump pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find the fraud” in the 2020 election, and he’d be a “national hero.” It was treated as evidence of Trump pressuring a state official to overturn the election results. It was even cited as grounds for his impeachment.

But on Monday, WaPo admitted that a full recording of the phone call had been found in the “Trash” folder of a Georgia official’s computer, and it proved that Trump never said those things.

As Matt Margolis of PJ Media notes at the link, WaPo’s slanderous slice of fake news wasn’t even the worst thing about this journalistic malfeasance. Not only did WaPo claim to have verified the story via an “anonymous source,” but NBC, ABC, CNN, PBS and USA Today all later claimed to have also verified the Trump quote via their own “anonymous sources.”

That’s the “quote” that Trump never said. And the “sources” were what the rest of us might call “phony hearsay in support of a lie.” (Incidentally, why didn't Raffensperger debunk this story?)

So when reporters from outlets such as CNN (which spent over two years relentlessly pushing the “Russian collusion” hoax) try to argue that conservative media outlets should be deplatformed because they distribute “misinformation,” ask them if their famous “anonymous sources” have verified that for them.

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