11 December, 2017
President Donald Trump has called for the sacking of a Washington Post reporter who shared a misleading photo suggesting low turnout at Trump's Florida rally. So later on Saturday, Trump sent a tweet accusing Weigel and the Post of willingly using a "phony photo" and spreading fake news. Packed house, many people unable to get in.
But that didn't satisfy the president, who called Weigel's original tweet "FAKE NEWS" and said, "he should be fired". Weigel confirmed that the tweet was a mistake and apologized for issuing the photo.
Weigel owned up to the error, saying he deleted the tweet after a Daily Mail reporter spotted his mistake. The Post isn't the only media outlet to come under fire from Trump for recent mistakes.
CNN also found itself Trump's target when the president blasted the outlet Saturday for reporting Friday that Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., received an email on September 4, 2016, offering him WikiLeaks documents obtained through the Democratic National Committee hack. The president slammed the post calling it "fake news".
The president added: "CNN'S slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS".
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Trump, who had earlier boasted about the size and enthusiasm of the crowd, contended that the photo was taken hours before he arrived. "Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public", Trump wrote on Twitter. "They apologized", Trump said, adding sarcastically, "Oh thank you, CNN, thank you so much". I recommend @washingtonpost has it's WH press passes suspended for a month every time they print a blatantly fake news story.
At Friday's rally, Trump pointed to a CNN correction and other corrections and clarifications by news organizations in the past week.
"@Daveweigel of the Washington Post just admitted that his picture was a FAKE (fraud?) showing an nearly empty arena last night for my speech in Pensacola when, in fact, he knew the arena was packed (as shown also on T.V.)", Trump tweeted.
During the Pensacola rally, the President once again went on the offensive over the media, asking the crowd: "Did you see all the corrections the media has been making?"
"You should have been apologizing for the last two years", Trump added as the audience cheered.