Jordan Fuchs, Georgia’s deputy secretary of state, was revealed by the Washington Post as the newspaper’s source of false quotes attributed to former President Trump.
In the published story, Trump was falsely quoted as telling a Georgia election investigator, Frances Watson, to go “find the fraud” and he will become a “national hero.” The source was initially kept anonymous when the story was published in January 2021.
However, The Wall Street Journal obtained audio of the call showing that Trump had not used those exact words, the newspaper ran a lengthy correction and revealed Fuchs had been its source.
The Post issued a lengthy correction on Monday after audio of the December call between the then president and Frances Watson was released.
The Post has now said they misquoted him after the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office released the December 23 recording. It was located it in a trash folder on the investigator’s device as the office responded to a public records request, a source told CNN.
The original WAPO story now has a prominent correction, reading: ‘The recording revealed that The Post misquoted Trump’s comments on the call, based on information provided by a source.
‘Trump did not tell the investigator to “find the fraud” or say she would be “a national hero” if she did so. Instead, Trump urged the investigator to scrutinize ballots in Fulton County, Ga., asserting she would find “dishonesty” there. He also told her that she had “the most important job in the country right now.”‘
It linked to a new story about the recording, adding: ‘The headline and text of this story have been corrected to remove quotes misattributed to Trump.’
The Post was slammed for the mistake, with journalist Mary Katharine Ham writing on Twitter: ‘So, they made up quotes. What in the actual F.’
Twitter user Glen Hilts added: ‘Great. And, 90% of folks will never see the “correction”.’
Another added: ‘This is disgraceful. People on the left believed this garbage, and won’t even read this “correction”.’
Independent journalist Kyle Becker added: ‘The ironic thing is that intelligent people knew this was made-up BS from the get-go.’
An investigative reporter at the Washington Examiner, Joe Gabriel Simonson tweeted: ‘Actually “wow’d” at this correction. incredible.’