| By Greg Fisher
Jeff Bezos published false information in the Washington Post.
Five years ago, the billionaire took over the famed D.C. newspaper. Since then, he has run articles that are not true with regard to the history of The United States of America. The stories still exist, with their errors, on the Post's website.
On June 27, Aaron Blake wrote, "Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) made the case in floor remarks shortly after Kennedy's retirement: 'Our Republican colleagues in the Senate should follow the rule they set in 2016: Not to consider a Supreme Court justice in an election year.'"
That is not true. Schumer has never been the majority leader (For Mr. Bezos: That part of the history of the United States is on a Senate web page).
On the same day, Felicia Sonmez wrote, "While some have forcefully defended Waters, others, including Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), issued rebukes of Waters’s remarks without mentioning the lawmaker by name."
Schumer is not in the majority. The same error, twice in one day! Could anything top that?
On February 22, Erica Werner wrote, "Those divisions remain But an effort led by Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) to create a platform around the concept of “A Better Deal” has been only partly successful, with few Democratic candidates appearing to embrace it in their campaigns."
Two errors in one sentence! Schumer is not the majority leader.
On December 8, Mike DeBonis wrote, "During the White House meeting, Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis impressed upon Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) the need to hike military spending to counter rising national security threats around the world, according to two aides briefed on the discussion."
That is false. Senator Schumer is not Majority Leader.
On August 24, 2017, Elizabeth Dwoskin and Hamza Shaban jointly reported: "Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) recently called for greater scrutiny of Amazon. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has honed in on tech monopolies. Strengthening antitrust enforcement was part of new populist-leaning policy proposals put forth by Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.)."
That's close to home for Bezos, the top person of amazon.com. Schumer does not hold the title Majority Leader.
The statute of limitations on truth
Old news, you say? Too old to warrant a correction? Here's one from this month, and it's a doozy: It names 4 Post writers and a bureau chief.
On October 1, Damian Paletta and Erica Werner reported, "'As someone who voted against NAFTA and opposed it for many years, I knew it needed fixing,' said Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.)."
That is false. Schumer is minority leader, not majority leader.
David J. Lynch, Selena Ross and Joshua Partlow, the Post's bureau chief in Mexico, also contributed to that report.
Publishing is easy. So is truth.
Your analysis is not true, Mr. Blake. Schumer is not the majority leader. He is not even in the majority. #1809o— Greg Fisher ?? (@creditscoring) October 16, 2018
Who was the editor of your piece?
Indeed, did anyone even read it before it was published? If so, who? #falsity #false #falseinformation #DC https://t.co/ju5KaKc1zM pic.twitter.com/AJs3iJnQL2
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