Recently, the Washington Post was forced to take down a tweet and then corrected a reader submission form from their website in the wake of falsely making the claim that George Floyd died after being shot by police officials.
The tweet that has since been deleted contained a link to the submission form in question alongside the text: “On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was shot and killed in police custody. His death sparked outrage, wide-scaled protests and calls to change policing. Two years later, what has — or hasn’t changed?”
The outlet put out another tweet attempting to explain as to why the previous one had been taken down. “We’ve deleted a previous tweet for this form that included language that was changed after publish,” stated the new tweet that went out.
We've deleted a previous tweet for this form that included language that was changed after publish.
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 24, 2022
The most updated reader submission form states, “On May 25, 2020, George Floyd died in police custody. His death sparked outrage, wide scale protests and calls to change policing. Two years later, what has — or hasn’t changed?”
Curtis Houck, the managing editor of Newsbusters, posted screenshots of the now-deleted tweet along with the original reader submission form, along with his own statements.
“Mannnn you guys just barely escaped the wrath of Nina Jankowicz and her Ministry of Truth,” he stated in a tweet, adding, “Not only did The Washington Post mess this up in their tweet (left) about how George Floyd died, they did the same thing on their own website (right).”
Not only did The Washington Post mess this up in their tweet (left) about how George Floyd died, they did the same thing on their own website (right) pic.twitter.com/nWhNEAvFke
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 24, 2022
“Washington Post, which wants to restrict free speech to combat disinformation, can’t even get this well-known event right,” stated Max Abrahms.
Tim Swain stated, “You may have deleted the tweet but the internet is forever @washingtonpost.”
“I can’t wait for next year’s @washingtonpost exposé on what George Floyd’s suicide tells us about ourselves,” explained Derek Hunter.
George Floyd was killed while in the custody of Minneapolis Police officers, but he was not killed by shooting. He died because one former police officer, Derek Chauvin, crouched on his neck and stayed there for well over nine minutes.
Chauvin has since been convicted as of April 2021 of a charge of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death and was slammed with a 22.5 year stint behind bars, but he has since made it clear that he would attempt to appeal the conviction.
“The former officer is arguing that the judge ‘improperly denied requests to grant him a new trial, sequester the jury during trial and disqualify ‘clearly biased’ potential jurors during jury selection,’ adding that Judge Peter Cahill ‘erred in permitting prosecutors to add a third-degree murder charge shortly before trial and in concluding that the man who had been with Floyd on the day of his arrest could not be forced to testify,'” stated a report from the Daily Wire.