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The New York Times reported that former president George W. Bush joined the anti-Trump camp and will likely not support President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign this fall. However, the New York Times did not add a correction to its story that the Bush camp disputed its report.

The New York Times headlined its report, “Vote for Trump? These Republican Leaders Aren’t on the Bandwagon.” It listed Bush and Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) as Republican leaders who will not support Trump’s re-election and Colin Powell’s intention to vote for Biden.

Bush spokesman Freddy Ford told the Texas Tribune that the New York Times report was false to assert Bush was going to vote for Biden. “This is completely made up,” Ford said, “He is retired from presidential politics and has not indicated how he will vote.”

But Ford’s statement did not stop the New York Times or multiple other mainstream media outlets to publish news that Bush and other Republican figures were going to vote for Biden over Trump in the 2020 presidential election. The New York Times has yet to issue a correction to its article about Ford’s statement refuting its initial report.

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