Fox News Says Washington Post Story Published After Georgia Runoffs Could Have Swayed Georgia Runoffs
Fox News hosts raised a disturbing prospect on Wednesday: The false Washington Post story on Donald Trump’s call with a Georgia elections official, which was corrected this week, could have swayed the Senate runoff elections in Georgia.
There’s just one problem: the Post story was published on Jan. 9, four days after the Georgia elections.
The segment in question, during Wednesday’s episode of Outnumbered, was based on a claim made by Trump the night before in an interview with Maria Bartiromo.
Bartiromo mistakenly conflated the corrected Washington Post story with an accurate story published the week before on Trump’s call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The accurate story, which included audio of Trump urging Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes” and thereby overturn the results, was published on Jan. 3.
“The Washington Post had to correct this fake news that they reported that you told the secretary of state of Georgia to find the fraud and find the votes right before the Senate race,” Bartiromo said, conflating the two calls.
Trump replied: “It was. And it probably affected the Senate race.”
Fox News told Mediaite that Bartiromo will be addressing the error on Fox News Primetime Wednesday night.
But that false comment from Trump was still the basis for an Outnumbered segment that aired Wednesday, which featured a chyron that read: “TRUMP: WAPO STORY PROBABLY IMPACTED GA RUNOFFS.”
Outnumbered co-host Emily Campagno said the Post mistake “illustrates or underscores the tremendous power that [the media] has, and perhaps that election might have had a different outcome.”
Again, the story was published after the Georgia election, so unless the power of the media includes a DeLorean equipped with a Flux Capacitor, that seems unlikely.
Watch above, via Fox News.
UPDATE: 4:52 p.m. EST: Fox News told Mediaite the error will be corrected on Thursday’s episode of Outnumbered.
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org