Washington Post reporter Amber Phillips has apologized to President Trump after misreporting comments the president made during a recent campaign rally on the coronavirus.
Covering the president’s rally, the Washington Examiner reports Phillips misquoted the president and claimed he called the COVID-19 a “hoax.”
But, Trump never called the global pandemic a hoax, but Democrats’ decision to politicize it and mainstream media’s subsequent coverage.
“My apologies for quoting the president out of context,” said Phillips, who writes for the Post’s “The Fix” column.
“As The Washington Post’s Fact Checker makes clear, he called Democrats politicizing coronavirus a hoax. I have deleted the incorrect tweet,” she added in the tweet along with a link of the Biden campaign similarly manipulating an ad to misquote the president.
My apologies for quoting the president out of context. As The Washington Post’s Fact Checker makes clear, he called Democrats politicizing coronavirus a hoax. I have deleted the incorrect tweet. https://t.co/R38kPEdBG3
— Amber Phillips (@byamberphillips) March 21, 2020
In the Biden ad, a clip of Trump speaking is selectively edited to show him calling the coronavirus “their new hoax.”
Here’s a transcript of the ad, provided via the Washington Post:
Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. You know that, right? Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs, you say, “How’s President Trump doing?” “Oh, nothing, nothing.” They have no clue, they don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa, they can’t even count. No, they can’t. They can’t count their votes. One of my people came up to me and said, “Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.” That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything, they tried it over and over, they’ve been doing it since he got in. It’s all turning, they lost. It’s all turning, think of it, think of it. And this is their new hoax.
According to the fact-checker, Trump was talking about “Democratic talking points and the media’s coverage of his administration’s response to coronavirus.”
“He never says that the virus itself is a hoax, and although the Biden camp included the word ‘their,’ the edit does not make clear to whom or what Trump is referring,” it adds.
Shortly after the ad was uploaded, the Trump campaign vehemently refuted its contents and immediately said it was manipulated to make the president look bad.
This Washington Post reporter is spreading a lie previously debunked by at least 5 different independent fact checkers, including her own paper.
POTUS never called the coronavirus a hoax!
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) March 21, 2020