After the Washington Post claimed that Press Secretary Sean Spicer was “hiding in bushes” to avoid questions from reporters about FBI Director James Comey’s firing, the paper has once again had to admit that they published fake news.
In an article titled “After Trump fired Comey, White House staff scrambled to explain why” by Jenna Johnson, she made the spectacular claim that Spicer had actually hid in bushes to avoid questions from the Washington elite media.
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) May 10, 2017
“After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes near these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so. Spicer then emerged,” Johnson wrote.
The claim went rapidly viral, the latest bit of gossip to paint the White House as being run by a bunch of hapless nitwits.
Democracy dies in the bushes.
— Tasneem Raja (@tasneemraja) May 10, 2017
Hiding in the bushes, Spicer finally took reporters' Qs last night for 10 min — mostly just referring them to DOJ https://t.co/6sW55325LH
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) May 10, 2017
this gif is overused, but in light of sean spicer in the bushes…. pic.twitter.com/FnLfVL1QYK
— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) May 10, 2017
Like so many of these stories, the claim ended up being false.
Hours later, the story was updated.
This story has been updated to more precisely describe Spicer's location near White House bushes on Tuesday night https://t.co/kRwAq4lLeo
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 11, 2017
“EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to more precisely describe White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s location late Tuesday night in the minutes before he briefed reporters. Spicer huddled with his staff among bushes near television sets on the White House grounds, not ‘in the bushes,’ as the story originally stated.”
Essentially, Spicer was standing outside.
The countless articles and viral tweets citing Johnson have not all been updated, however — and this is how fake news is born.
Despite being one of the leading organizations against “fake news,” the legacy paper seems to have a problem with getting their facts straight.
For example, in January, the paper published an alarming story falsely claiming that Russian hackers had penetrated the US power grid through a Vermont utility.
The headline of the story declared, “Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to US electrical grid security, officials say.” But the story was a complete fabrication. The article, which sourced unnamed officials, was rapidly debunked as officials on record stated that there was no evidence that the Russian government hacked or targeted the utility.
Not only was there no penetration of the US power grid by Russia, there was no penetration of the grid by anyone.
Perhaps the Post is correct, and “fake news” is a serious problem. To begin cleaning it up, maybe they should start in their own newsroom.
President Trump Says ‘This Election was Rigged and We Can’t Let That Happen’ at Pennsylvania Vote Fraud Hearing
Trump is still very much in this fight.
President Donald Trump remotely addressed a hearing before the Pennsylvania State Senate in which he called in to give testimony.
“This was an election that we won easily. We won it by a lot,” he said to massive applause from the audience.
“An official was on this morning, on an important show, and said there was no way Trump didn’t win Pennsylvania because the energy industry was all for him. I saw with my eyes what happened, and he told me horror stories, absolute horror stories,” Trump continued. “So, this was a, very sad to say it, this election was rigged and we can’t let that happen.”
Trump continued on to make his case that the election was a sham and needs to be overturned to save the Republic.
“Anybody watching television the night of the election was saying, “wow, I was called by the biggest political people, congratulations, sir,” on a big win, and all of a sudden ballots were dumped all over the place and a lot of horrible things happened,” Trump said.
“I want to thank all of the people who signed affidavits and all of the speakers. You’re fantastic people. You’re great patriots,” he continued.
“Between the voter suppression and all of the horrible things that happened to poll watchers. We have poll watcher affidavits piled up to the ceiling. They’re all over. They were treated horribly,” Trump added.
The president described the regime of terror that was instituted against Republican poll watchers, who he said were treated like “dogs” by the Democrat riggers.
“This is not the United States of America what happened. I think everybody knows it,” he said.
Trump’s full comments can be seen here:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2020
Big League Politics reported earlier today about other encouraging developments in Pennsylvania, as a federal judge blocked the certification of the state’s dubious election results:
Patricia McCullough, a Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania judge, has blocked Pennsylvania officials from certifying the state’s election results.
The order came Wednesday and will delay certification until the court holds an evidentiary hearing on Friday, November 27.
The PDF of Judge McCullough’s order can be read HERE.
“To the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America, respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so, pending an evidentiary hearing to be held on Friday,” Judge McCullough wrote. “Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from certifying the remaining results of the election, pending the evidentiary hearing.”
This comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by Republicans against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf (D), Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar (D), and the Pennsylvania General Assembly. It alleges that Act 77, the state’s mail-in voting law, is unconstitutional…
The introduction says: “Act 77 is the most expansive and fundamental change to the Pennsylvania voting code, implemented illegally, to date. Under the Act, and the mail-in ballot scheme it implements, any and all qualified electors are eligible to vote by mail, and no justification needs to be provided. As with prior historical attempts to illegally expand mail-in voting by statute, which have been struck down going as far back as the Military Absentee Ballot Act of 1839, Act 77 is another illegal attempt to override the limitations on absentee voting prescribed in the Pennsylvania Constitution, without first following the necessary procedure to amend the constitution to allow for the expansion.”
The Kraken is finally being released, and the electoral fraudsters cannot be happy about the implications of this information being known to the public.
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