This is becoming all too familiar:
- Liberal news outlet posts fake news item.
- Liberal news outlet gets called out by social media.
- Liberal news outlet posts ambiguous “retraction” that manages to continue to spread false reporting.
Yahoo News spread fake news Wednesday by falsely attributing a sexist quote from a Clinton political operative to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Asked by The Atlantic‘s editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg about President Donald Trump’s Tuesday evening remarks about Christine Blasey Ford, Graham said the comments were “factual” and more broadly represented a shared frustration among conservatives of the treatment Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is being subjected to. “Factual? It was a personal, degrading attack on someone who is a private citizen,” Goldberg replied. “Here’s what’s personally degrading,” Graham replied, then quoting Carville: “This is what you get when you go through a trailer park with a hundred dollar bill.”….
Yahoo News posted the following retraction: “We deleted a tweet that did not accurately reflect the context of Lindsey Graham’s quote in the below video clip.”….
Paula Jones alleges that Bill Clinton, then the governor of Arkansas, groped her, exposed himself, and propositioned her in a hotel room in Little Rock, AR, on May 8, 1991. Clinton settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against Jones in 1998 for $850,000. The “trailer park” line from Carville is one of many sexist attacks that Clinton allies used against women who came forward alleging sexual misconduct….
And, of course, “progressives” breathlessly ran with the story:
Lindsey Graham on Christine Blasey Ford: "This is what happens when you go through a trailer park with a $100 bill."
And on Donald Trump viciously mocking a sexual assault victim: "Everything he said was factually true." pic.twitter.com/ZPJEDJaxjg
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) October 3, 2018
"This is what you get when you go through a trailer park with a 100 dollar bill".
— Lindsey Graham, when asked about Dr. Ford's credibility.
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly 📢 (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 3, 2018
We deleted a tweet that did not accurately reflect the context of Lindsey Graham’s quote in the below video clip. pic.twitter.com/U5ihRhiP27
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) October 3, 2018