WaPo Issues ‘Greatest Correction’ in Journalism History on ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Story After Trump Jr. Prompting

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Over the weekend, we reported on how the Washington Post had become so triggered over the “Let’s go, Brandon” chants that have become popular over the last several weeks as a substitute for the chant “F*** Joe Biden” that they decided to write a story complaining over how “Biden’s critics [were hurling] increasingly vulgar taunts” at the president.

To quickly recap, they actually had the audacity to proclaim that in terms of vulgar insults, Biden had it worse than any other president in American history, seeming to conveniently forget how ruthlessly former President Trump was routinely attacked using crude terms and much, much worse terminology and imagery:

Boos, jeers and insults are nothing new for politicians, especially those who reach the White House. Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as Trump, were all heckled, weathering protests along their motorcade routes and at some of their events. At one 2011 fundraiser in Los Angeles, a heckler called Obama the Antichrist; “F— Trump” graffiti adorned some walls in Washington.

The current eruption of anti-Biden signs and chants, however, is on another level, far more vulgar and widespread.

Naturally, they blamed Trump. But not just the one who used to reside in the Oval Office. They also took aim at Donald Trump Jr., reporting in an early version of the story that the “Let’s go, Brandon” chant was uttered during a September event Trump Jr. spoke at:

The former president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., has repeatedly promoted the meme, and the original chant, on his social media feeds. At a speech in Georgia, he took the stage after the crowd had been chanting “USA! USA!” and roared, “There’s a couple other chants I’ve been hearing going around. Have you heard the other one that’s been going around?” The crowd took the cue and broke into cries of “Let’s go Brandon.”

Arthur Schwartz called the WaPo out, noting that the “Let’s go, Brandon” chant didn’t start until early October courtesy of a NASCAR reporter, pointing out there was no way that it was said during that Trump Jr.-featured event. Accordingly, Trump Jr. saw the tweet and demanded a “retraction and a correction”:

Well, he got one, complete with the mention of the fact that it wasn’t actually “Let’s go, Brandon” that was chanted at that Georgia event. If you guessed the actual chant was “F*** Joe Biden,” you win the prize:

Not sure if it’s the greatest, but it definitely ranks in the top 10 best media corrections of all time, in my opinion.

Here’s how that part of the story reads now:

The former president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., has repeatedly promoted the meme, and the original chant, on his social media feeds. At a speech in Georgia in September, he took the stage after the crowd had been chanting “USA! USA!”

“There’s a couple other chants I’ve been hearing going around,” Trump Jr. said. “Have you heard the other one that’s been going around?” The crowd took the cue and broke into cries of “F— Joe Biden!”

Still not mentioned in the piece: whether or not Joe Biden has been subjected to the below type of vile vitriol, or the “assassination chic” former President George W. Bush was subjected to during his 8 years in office:

I can’t possibly imagine why a paper whose masthead reads “Democracy dies in Darkness” would want to leave out such relevant information (including how radicals on the left have been inspired to act out in such ways by Democrats like Rep. Maxine Waters) from a piece on the out-of-bounds harassment presidents have faced over the years, can you?

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