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Wall Street Journal under fire for publishing letter filled with lies from Trump

The Wall Street Journal faced backlash on Wednesday for publishing a letter to former President Donald Trump’s editor filled with patently bogus claims about the 2020 election.

Responding to an editorial in the Sunday Wall Street Journal titled “The Pennsylvania High Court Election,” the former president wrote: “In fact, the election was rigged, which unfortunately you still haven’t understood. .

He then provided a bulleted list of “examples” of electoral fraud in Pennsylvania to substantiate his claims, repeatedly drawing on data from Audit the Vote PA, an organization with no real experience in the field. election evaluation and promoted unsubstantiated fraud allegations.

Multiple audits of the state’s 2020 election results have confirmed the vote count, and numerous lawsuits challenging the results have failed in court. There is no evidence of widespread fraud in Pennsylvania or in elections in any other state.

The Wall Street Journal published Trump’s letter without noting these facts. The former president was misrepresented from Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites earlier this year after spreading election disinformation for months and instigating mobs of his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol to try to undo the results.

Since then, Trump has resorted to campaign-style rallies and tweet-like statements issued by his spokesperson to spread his lies.

Media critics, reporters and political commentators slammed the Journal on Wednesday for giving Trump another platform for disinformation and for passing off his bogus claims as “opinions.”

“Trump couldn’t post this on Facebook, but the editors of the WSJ collectively decided to put it on their platform. Think about it. And they think they can get away from it by doing it in LTE. From that, magically absolves them from pushing lies ”, tweeted Amanda Carpenter, political columnist for The Bulwark.

Jordan Fischer, investigative reporter for Washington, DC, channel WUSA9, called him a “New low” for the opinion section of the Journal.

“Today they printed a litany of election lies from former President Trump – without even a single mention of the fact that their own editorial staff completely debunked those claims,” he tweeted.

Washington Post national correspondent Philip Bump made 14 observations on the veracity of the letter and observed that “the Journal would have been better served if he had explained why he chose to publish the letter without contextualizing it, because it could have at least offered some clarity on the contrary. inexplicable decision. He noted that the document had so far declined to comment on its rationale.

The Wall Street Journal did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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