Media Matters retracts story claiming Texas lawmaker spoke on white nationalist program
Media Matters for America, the watchdog group that tracks conservative media, withdrew a story this week that reported that a Republican senator in Texas was speaking about a white nationalist program.
The story, released Tuesday, centered on Senator Bob Hall, reporting that Conservative lawmakers “spoke about the program of a white nationalist, pro-Hitler outlet that denies the Holocaust”.
After the story was published, Media Matters said it had been advised that “the program in question – The Barnes Review History Hour (TBR History Hour) – falsified the interview and falsely claimed they interviewed Hall by referring to previous interviews Hall. spliced to other outlets and it looked like he was answering questions from TBR. ”
“We have withdrawn the story and we apologize for the mistake,” says a note from the editorial team on the website of the now withdrawn story.
Eric Hananoki, the investigative reporter who wrote the report, admitted in a tweet later on Tuesday that he had been betrayed.
“An excuse: I wrote a story today that said Texas State Senator Bob Hall was ‘on the program of a white nationalist, pro-Hitler outlet that denies the Holocaust.’ After the release, we were made aware that the point of sale faked the talk by splicing previous interviews. We withdrew the story, “said Hananoki.
One apology: I wrote a story today that states that Texas State Senator Bob Hall “went on the program of a white nationalist, pro-Hitler outlet that denies the Holocaust”. After the release, we were made aware that the point of sale faked the talk by splicing previous interviews. We withdrew the story. pic.twitter.com/apQgAqdImi
– Eric Hananoki (@ehananoki) June 8, 2021
A Twitter user noted that at least one other outlet, the Dallas Observer, cited Media Matters’ coverage of Hall for its own story. The Dallas Observer story has also been removed.
Also looks like @Dallas_Observer posted an article about media issues without care and then secretly deleted the article.
Outlets are undoubtedly ashamed to take MMFA at their word. Https://t.co/0FfLLlyt98 pic.twitter.com/redod2K30q
– Watchdog (@LibWatchdog) June 9, 2021
Hall’s office confirmed to The Hill that the lawmaker interview was fake.