11 December, 2017
But that didn't satisfy the president, who called Weigel's original tweet "FAKE NEWS" and said, "he should be fired".
Trump fired off a pair of tweets attacking Post reporter Dave Weigel over a "phony photo" of an empty arena ahead of his Friday rally in Pensacola, Florida.
Dignified! An easy way to support Weigel's work while he's singled out for Trump's Two Minutes Hate is by buying his book, The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock, which has nothing to do with Donald Trump, Roy Moore, or online thuggery. I apologize. I deleted the photo after @dmartosko told me I'd gotten it wrong. The Post isn't the only media outlet to come under fire from Trump for recent mistakes.
Although everyone knows (and any exceptions do not include political journalists) that Trump's Friday night rally in Pensacola, Florida, was another jam-packed event with a near-capacity crowd of 12,000, Weigel appeared to be under the impression that the media has not already suffered enough of a black eye this week. The photo Weigel shared, however, was taken before all the rallygoers or the president had arrived, and the venue eventually did ultimately fill up to what looked like capacity by the time Trump's speech began.
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Trump continued to criticize the network Saturday morning, saying it may be committing "a fraud on the American Public" by calling itself "the most trusted name in news". "They were caught red handed, just like lonely Brian Ross at ABC News (who should be immediately fired for his "mistake")", Trump tweeted in response.
Mr Trump has locked horns with the press on numerous occasions, repeatedly accusing large sections of the media of producing "fake news" - particularly in relation to the Russian Federation investigation. However, National Park Service photos showed that there were far less attendees than former president Barack Obama's inauguration attracted in 2009. "Arena was packed to the rafters, the crowd was loud, loving and really smart", Trump wrote. "Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner". "Very fair to call me out".
"And then the president demanded an apology", Vittert said.
At Friday's rally, Trump pointed to a CNN correction and other corrections and clarifications by news organizations in the past week.