Being in the news media means never having to say you’re sorry apparently.
Yesterday evening, the Washington Post published a piece that was pretty much their attempt to weasel out of any responsibility for their getting hoodwinked by a fake story.
It’s the fault of Trump supporters and their nasty penchant for “pouncing.”
A viral story spread. The mainstream media rushed to keep up. The Trump Internet pounced. https://t.co/EUDnQjNbKV— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 23, 2019
That is some black-belt-level Excuse-Making Jujitsu right there.
“And we would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for those meddling Trump supporters!”
This is an actual pull quote from the article:
Now, a new viral outrage emerged. This time the villain of the story was the news media.
Poor things. They scramble to release a news story based solely on a carefully-crafted snippet of video without taking the time to make sure the facts are in line. They join the pig-pile.
But we Trump supporters have turned them into villains by doing rudimentary fact-checking.
So it’s our fault the Washington Post is populated by journalistic hacks.
The article then cherry-picks a few “controversial” Trump supporters who picked up the story – clearly to make it look like a rag-tag cabal of unsavory conspiracy theorists.
For example, when citing that Mike Cernovich was one of the ones who pored over the additional video Saturday, the Post makes sure to include this:
Mike Cernovich, a popular figure in this world, helped to promote the Pizzagate conspiracy theory in 2016. Pizzagate falsely accused a D.C. pizza shop of housing a secret pedophile ring, and ultimately inspired a believer to show up at the shop with an assault rifle.
Odd how they fail to mention that as a result of the Washington Post giving a heaping assist to the fake story of the Covington students, those boys have been inundated with death threats.
But, but, but Cernovich! Pizzagate!!!
And then, because they can’t let go of the original narrative, the piece closes thus:
Amid speculation that the boys might get an invitation to visit the White House, Savannah Guthrie announced that Sandmann would be interviewed Wednesday on the “Today Show.” Guthrie posted a photo of the two of them on Twitter, sitting in front of the cameras. Sandmann was smiling.
He was SMILING!!! Sweet, merciful Zeus. THAT SMILE!!!!
These people are garbage. Absolute garbage.
But it is amazing, isn’t it?
Instead of accepting fault for their own shoddy reporting, they try to shift the blame to the people who actually took the time to do the fact-checking that the Washington Post couldn’t be bothered to do themselves.
We “pounced” don’t you know.
Seriously, are these people in the so-called “Free Press” congenitally incapable of just acknowledging that they screwed up?
Democracy dies in excuse-making.
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