And as always, it only ever cuts just the one way.
The Daily Beast on Wednesday falsely attributed quotes to the El Paso district attorney, even though no one from the DA’s office had communicated with them, according to a spokeswoman from the office.
In the story, The Daily Beast’s Pilar Melendez reported that El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza told the media outlet that he would not be pressing charges against an assailant who attacked the media during President Trump’s rally in El Paso, Texas, Monday night.
During the disturbance, BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was “violently pushed and shoved by a member of the crowd,” a BBC spokesman said.
“F— the media,” the man shouted before he was ushered out of the venue.
The Daily Beast initially reported that the Esparza told them that he would not be pressing charges against the assailant.
A Twitter mob predictably erupted in OUTRAGE! over this dastardly assault on “journalism” by a typical MAGA fascist thug—an assault which amounted to nothing less than a direct threat to all liberty, justice, and the inviolable sanctity of The People’s Right To Know…whatever the Enemedia decides to tell them, thankyouverymuch.
According to the Daily Beast’s initial report, Esparza said: “We are looking into the situation and the released video of the incident but we are not pressing charges at this time. If there are any changes to our course of action, we will inform the public.”
Just one leeeeetle problem, though.
But when PJ Media contacted the El Paso District Attorney’s Office for a comment on the story, a spokeswoman said Esparza did not talk to The Daily Beast at all, and that their information was inaccurate.
Duran told PJ Media that she is the person who releases statements on behalf of the district attorney and she had not spoken to anyone.
Ooops. The DA, by the way, happens to be a Democrat, leaving one to judge for oneself what the likelihood of her declining to vigorously prosecute a “journalist”-assaulting, MAGA-hat-wearing, Trump-loving fiend in (barely) human shape might be.
The Daily Beast has since changed its story to reflect what Duran told PJ Media: Trump Supporter Who Attacked BBC Cameraman at Rally May Not Be Charged: El Paso DA
They changed the article to say:
“We have not reviewed any material from law enforcement for charges at this time,” a district attorney spokesperson said on Tuesday. “No charges will be filed until we do.”
The Daily Beast did not respond to PJ Media’s request for a comment, but did add a correction at the bottom of the article saying, “This article has been updated regarding information from the District Attorney’s office regarding the status on possible charges.”
Well, that’s certainly big of them. Although it might have been more honest to say something along the lines of “This article has been updated to reflect the fact that we made the whole damned thing up.”
Egg spattered all over lying-lib “journalist” faces is always a pure delight, of course. But the story also seems to confirm that it isn’t open season, no bag limit on Enemedia “journalists” quite yet, more’s the pity.