Supporters of President Donald Trump discovered early in his tenure that whenever he claimed that the news media had gotten something wrong about him or his administration, he was nearly always proven right.
Vindication didn’t always come quickly or easily, but it did come, even as the same media continued to hammer on the false narrative, such as the ‘Russian collusion’ lie: Even after congressional probes and a special counsel investigation found zero evidence of said collusion, many in the mainstream media wouldn’t let the narrative go.
But now, President Trump is former President Trump, so some of those same outlets now feel it’s ‘safe’ to admit that they were wrong all along about several things, along with a wink and a nod and, of course, a pledge never to do it again.
Here are eight of them:
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Trump ordered his administration to forcibly clear Lafayette Park for a ‘photo op’ at St. John’s Church.
“Just an unbelievable use of military and police force to clear out Lafayette Park of protesters for a photo op at St John’s Episcopal Church,” CNN’s Chief Domestic Correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted at the time — June 1, 2020. He was far from alone.
“He’s using the American military against the American people,” then-Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden chimed in.
“A report released Wednesday by Interior Department Inspector General Mark Greenblatt found park police who used flash-bangs and other non-lethal crowd control munitions during the June 1 incident were given the go-ahead to do so before anyone knew Trump planned to walk over,” The Daily Caller reported, adding: “Greenblatt said the park was actually being cleared so that anti-scale fencing could be installed.”
COVID-19 lab-leak was just a wild Trump conspiracy.
Except it isn’t. And it wasn’t.
Chinese sources at the time made similar claims, but they were suppressed. So, too, were U.S. experts who offered the same explanation that Trump tried to offer. But while big tech was busy banning and censoring even experts who offered up the lab leak theory, the media was mocking and deriding them as well, especially Trump.
Lo and behold: Washington Post Senior Reporter Aaron Blake recently admitted that the “mainstream media overcorrected when it came to one particular theory from Trump and his allies: that the coronavirus emanated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, rather than naturally.” Other media types also admitted they didn’t believe the leak narrative because Trump did.
Trump didn’t do anything about ‘Russian bounties’ on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
No, he didn’t — because the narrative was a lie, despite the media’s ‘outrage.’
The Biden camp and the media seized on this; Trump even said he would definitely have addressed it with Putin if he thought it was true. Top military commanders have since said the same thing.
“It just had not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me,” Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of the U.S. Central Command, told NBC News.
The NYT later released a report noting the lack of evidence.
Trump told Georgia election officials to ‘find evidence of fraud.’
An audio leaked to the Washington Post in the aftermath of the tumultuous 2020 election appeared to show Trump directing Georgia elections official Frances Watson to “find the fraud” — suggesting he wanted her to fabricate something.
The Washington Post later reported: “Correction: Two months after publication of this story, the Georgia Secretary of State released an audio recording of President Donald Trump’s December phone call with the state’s top elections investigator. 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 investigate to ‘find the fraud’ or say that she would be ‘a national hero’ if she did so.”
There are others that have long since been debunked:
— Trump never said there were “fine people” on both sides at a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 in involving Antifa types and white supremacists/neo-Nazis;
— He never called illegal immigrants “animals”;
— He didn’t “flat-out lie” when he said Obama ‘wiretapped’ his 2016 campaign — Obama did do that or, at least, his administration did;
— One of the very first media lies — Trump ‘removed a bust of Martin Luther King’ from the Oval Office — was, at least, quickly debunked.