(TheConservativeNews.org) – The Washington Post’s credibility took a severe stumble this week. It emerged that the paper misquoted Donald Trump in a January article about a phone call he made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s lead investigator Frances Watson in the wake of last year’s presidential election. It claimed Trump directed Watson to “find the fraud,” and promised her she would become a “national hero” if she did.
When the Post published this piece, it attributed the communication of the quotes to an anonymous source. After the real audio was released, however, it became clear Trump had never uttered those words. The paper published a correction on Monday, March 15.
What Will Trump Do?
Of course, a simple correction does not change the fact WaPo defamed the former president. The option of legal recourse is available to Trump, should he opt to pursue it.
On Tuesday, March 16, Rudy Giuliani appeared on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast. The lawyer mentioned that Trump could sue the Washington Post for its wrongdoing, adding that the anonymous source would be revealed if that did happen.
Giuliani stated that, in order for a defamation lawsuit to be successful, the publisher of the alleged defamatory content must have known it was untrue or have been “grossly reckless” about verifying its accuracy. According to him, the Washington Post’s conduct in writing their original article could easily meet that standard.
If this were to come to pass, it wouldn’t be the first time WaPo suffered financial losses because of negligent reporting. Nicholas Sandmann, the teenager from Kentucky who became involved in a now-infamous stand-off with a Native American protester in Washington, DC, settled a lawsuit with the paper last July. The suit was for $250 million, though the terms of the final agreement were not disclosed.
In order for true democracy to prevail, people need to be able to rely on accurate, objective news reporting. Clearly, the Washington Post is not interested in providing that service.
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