Accuracy in Media

In the midst of impeachment chaos inside the House of Representatives at home, and President Trump’s international visit to London for the annual NATO Summit, the Wall Street Journal has stirred controversy with an exclusive that provided a major falsehood to its subscribers.

Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published a piece headlined, “Trump Administration Considers 14,000 More Troops for Mideast” which dived deep into a possibility that the Trump administration is considering an expansion of U.S. military personnel in the Middle East to counter Iran.

The Wall Street Journal authors pieced this story together based on previous statements or positions held by the Trump Administration officials such as Defense Secretary Esper’s strategy on countering China and “sending a signal of deterrence to Iran…”

The authors also highlighted freshman Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) confusion on this matter adding his tweet that read, “I look forward to hearing tomorrow in Senate Armed Services Committee why the Pentagon reportedly wants 14,000 MORE troops in the Middle East, after sending 14,000 already this year alone.”

After looping in those individuals’ thoughts and tweets into their story and pushing publish, the WSJ soon found out their exclusive was factually incorrect.

Alyssa Farah, the former Press Secretary of Vice President Pence, and current Press Secretary of the Pentagon tweeted the facts directly at the WSJ to ensure the American people and their subscribers were not mislead.

After an hour of Farah’s official tweet going live and picking up Twitter traction, the WSJ updated their story to reflect the Pentagon’s fact check by quoting the first tweet in the middle of their story.

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa

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