Trump calls for firing after Washington Post reporter's mistaken tweet

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.

"Weigel 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 TV)".

The President had earlier told his 45 million followers: "Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!" the president tweeted.

Trump posted a screengrab of Weigel's Tweet on Saturday, along with photos of him standing in front of a packed arena.

Weigel screwed up, deleted his tweet when he realized it, and later apologized when asked.

Weigel owned up to the error, saying he deleted the tweet after a Daily Mail reporter spotted his mistake.

Despite Weigel's apology, Trump in a follow-up tweet demanded that he be fired.

The president's tweets seeking to undermine the media have been a mainstay of his first year in office.

"@Daveweigel of the Washignton 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.)". He called for the network to fire "those responsible" for the mistake.

"Weigel was also attacked by the president's fans on Twitter, with users such as "@brinjak" posting "The fake news media is truly disgusting. Arena was packed to the rafters, the crowd was loud, loving and really smart. "Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner".

The new information, CNN noted, "indicates that the communication is less significant than CNN initially reported".

But while Trump, or anyone, is justified in complaining about unmerited criticism from a member of the media, Trump significantly exaggerated Weigel's transgression.

It was at that rally that Trump seized on the CNN mistake. Except when you're Trump, who has throughout his tenure has refused to back down from even the most obvious falsities.

This latest incident appeared replay his inauguration crowd-size debacle, when Trump famously disputed the underwhelming crowd-size at the event.

  • Rogelio Becker


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