I used to admire the Washington Post (WP) because of how they were represented in All The Presidents Men by exposing the Republican shenanigans in 1972 involving the invasion of the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, not to mention their brazen release of the McNamara reports about the Vietnam War just prior. To me, All The Presidents Men remains one of the quintessential American political movies because it had journalistic integrity and actual history at its core.
Now lets see how things have progressed. The Washington Post have just released a retraction of an article they did in December (2020) which presented quotes (based on a Washington Post (WP) source) of Donald Trump in conversation with a Georgia investigator that was also relayed by the mainstream media on mass. It sent shock waves in media world as it seemed to confirm Trump was unduly putting pressure on officials to find some electoral fraud, but in reality as the actual transcripts show, he was just trying to get to the heart of what occurred.
The conversation as just admitted by the Washington Post and presented by them with invented quotes from their source led to scandalous headlines dished out by nearly every media outlet in the US and the rest of the World in December.
“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. – WP
We have a problem here. We have a big problem! When a MS media outlet can just misquote Donald Trump based on a single source and that to be upheld by all and sundry as being Truth, all the while Trump being banned from the major media platforms in unison, then I would say Free Speech is under grave threat. The question begs: What hope have you or I got, if the former US President can’t be afforded Free Speech?
So the original media outlet admitting their wrong doing 2 months after the event is somehow atonement of their falsehoods? None of the rest of MS media will be interested relaying this information to the public since it doesn’t follow their political narrative; which in itself is further evidence the Truth isn’t important to them.
When you have enough persons in positions of power hegemonized by Utopian and Post-Modernist ideologies then the truth as presented to the public at large will be obfuscated or simply turned into a pernicious lie if it doesn’t serve their intended political message or allow them to espouse their own moral superiority over the rest of us. This form of corruption by ‘do-gooders’ in the major institutions will and has caused irreparable damage on the quality of information distilled in our societies and how people perceive the world at large.
In conclusion, this whole event and the times we see ourselves in, reminds me of this short speech excerpt from Jordan Peterson (see below) who warned of what might happen if we let those who think they are morally superior get their way. It’s strange how I think these days, since I was always politically aligned with the progressives on the left, but based on what I have seen since they ‘woke up’ they scare me to the bloody core.