We should have expected that some in the liberal media would try to do backflips to dodge the truth regarding Twitter’s deliberate censorship of information prior to the 2020 presidential election.
But it is beyond amusing to watch what two members of the Washington Post are doing to revise their own contributions to the narrative in the past.
Responding to a tweet from Georgetown University professor Don Moynihan on how Musk allegedly “want[s] media to repeat their claims w/o verification or context.”
Philip Bump, a journalist with The Post, proclaimed that the supposed standard with the Twitter files was similar to the standard on the Hunter Biden story. The standard in question was that most major media outlets were not running the story because they allegedly could not verify it.
Bump tweeted, “This is also a major reason why other outlets didn’t match the NY Post’s original laptop story: they weren’t given access to the laptop data!”
Glenn Kessler, another “journalist” fact-checker from the Washington Post defended his colleagues and this “standard” by attempting to assure people that The Post did in fact report on the specifics of the laptop claims. The problem was that it was “later,” meaning “after” the election.
Conservative commentator and editor, David Harsanyi, challenged Bump saying, “You didn’t know that other outlets won’t run a report on a Post scoop without confirming it themselves? You seem surprisingly under-informed about how actual journalism works, which I suppose isn’t really a surprise.”
Harsanyi knew exactly how to respond, “No, I didn’t, because it’s complete nonsense. Do you not know that media outlets run scoops from other organizations all the time – they simply credit the other outlet. Would you like a few dozen examples from your own paper?”
Once again the Post got backed into corner of their own doing. They tried to be smug, but they ended up be brunt of their own joke.