Last week, journalists from the Wall Street Journal characterized their report on Trump’s call to Georgia’s principal investigator in the aftermath of the 2020 general election as the most relevant media story in the past decade.
The story included a transcript of a phone conversation that occurred on December 23rd and in which former President Donald Trump allegedly pressured Georgia investigator Frances Watson to fabricate evidence of electoral fraud against the elected President.
The report published by the Wall Street Journal came after the widely discussed article from Washington Post that involved allegations against Trump in their rudimentary form.
The story about Trump’s pressure on Watson was quickly covered and shared by other mainstream media outlets, such as CNN, PBS, ABC, and USA Today, and even ended up being discussed as a part of Trump’s impeachment proposal in the House of Representatives.
So, who was behind it all?
In January, the Washington Post named Jordan Fuchs, a Georgia deputy secretary of state, as a source who Watson reportedly informed about the content of his conversation with Trump.
Yet, many commentators are skeptical about the veracity of Fuchs’s claims.
What creates doubt is that the recording of the conversation between Trump and Watson was reportedly found in a trash folder of a cell phone owned by Watson.
It seems odd that such an important talk with the U.S. President would mysteriously end up among deleted files, and leak out in such fashion.
The controversy is further complicated by the fact that other outlets that reported on the story, such as CNN and ABC, all claimed that they have independently verified the information provided by Fuchs.
To completely assess the truthfulness of Washington Post’s source, these outlets would probably need to at least hint at what their sources are, if not to entirely divulge them.
As for now, it seems unlikely that there are people or documents that aided these media in finding the information about the Trump-Watson conversation, however, it might also be the case that there are no independent sources and that the mainstream media completely fabricated the story, which seems to be the case.
Who’s to blame?
But what is even more worrying is the content of the conversation itself.
At no point did Trump say anything that would incriminate him, especially not in the way the mainstream media accused him of.
The question remains - who should answer?
Fuchs, the media, or should we continue the witch hunt for non-existent documents and ghosts-informants?
The mainstream media seems to be determined on one thing. To save themselves, and what little reputation they have left, they will protect non-existent sources and imaginary documents despite the obvious injustice and lies they have told, which have directly affected the fate of not just one man but the entire American people.