On Monday night, The Washington Post posted a tweet asking its left-wing audience to share how the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 affected their lives and “what has — or hasn’t changed” in regards to policing, protests, and other far-left priorities. Besides the eye-roll-inducing premise, there was one problem with this part of the tweet: “George Floyd was shot and killed in police custody.”
The tweet remained up for a few minutes before being deleted and replaced with this esoteric and wimpy excuse: “We’ve deleted a previous tweet for this form that included language that was changed after publish.”
Misspellings, mistakes, and typos happen. We all make them. But it was quite the mistake considering the submission page had the same error in a short blurb before the blank space for readers to weigh in: “On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was shot and killed in police custody. His death sparked outrage, wide scale [sic] protests and calls to change policing. Two years later, what has — or hasn’t changed?”
Not only did The Washington Post mess this up in their tweet (left) about how George Floyd died, they did the same thing on their own website (right) pic.twitter.com/nWhNEAvFke— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 24, 2022
Needless to say, it drew a litany of responses.
Our friend Derek Hunter at Baltimore’s WCBM tweeted that he “can't wait for next year's...exposé on what George Floyd's suicide tells us about ourselves.”
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’s spokeswoman Christina Pushaw had a more serious point worth remembering when they make these kinds of errors: “The Washington Post is a major super-spreader of disinformation. Can you believe that journalists not only get paid to tell obvious lies like this, but editors approve it, and they all think it's their job to tell US what is true and what is false?”
Twitchy noted that the part about police custody isn’t in dispute and the video of his final moments was almost inescapable in late May and early June 2020, but “the actual details of the situation” sure seemed “a little fuzzy to some in the media.”
“That's a pretty bad mistake,” added Washington Examiner chief political correspondent and Fox News contributor Byron York.
Comedian and Washington Times columnist Tim Young perhaps said it best: “The Washington Post saying George Floyd was shot and killed either shows just how incredibly stupid they are or just how far they'll go to lie about a huge story... nothing in between.”
As one might recall, CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter tweeted this in regard to President Trump’s tweets containing typos: “Why typos matter for the president AND the press: If you can't get the small stuff right, can you be trusted to get the big stuff right?”
Perhaps The Post could work on that before democracy dies in darkness.