Donald Trump calls foul on 'fake' CNN, WApo news

Saul Bowman
December 11, 2017

On Saturday afternoon, Trump also went after a Washington Post reporter for tweeting a photograph of a half-empty arena in Pensacola, Fla., and suggesting that it was taken while the president spoke at a rally there Friday night.

Weigel tweeted a photo Friday of the arena in Pensacola where Trump held a rally that evening. Packed house, many people unable to get in. "FAKE NEWS, he should be fired", Trump tweeted on Saturday night, despite the fact that Weigel had already corrected the tweet before the president's follow-up post. Trump tweeted from his Florida estate, where he was spending the weekend.

Mr Weigel's tweeting has previously landed him in hot water with the newspaper, with bosses issuing a reminder to its reporters that their online behaviour is an extension of their professional lives after the journalist branded defeated congressional candidate Dan Bangino a "lying, pathetic loser". I deleted the photo after David Martosko of Daily Mail told me I'd gotten it wrong.

But Trump wasn't ready to forgive and forget and called for the reporter to be fired. Framed as a discussion of "fake news", the segment resulted in Vittert spreading false information. 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.


"CNN'S slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS". "Watch to see if @CNN fires those responsible, or was it just gross incompetence?"

Yesterday, President Donald Trump called for a Washington Post journalist to be fired Saturday over an erroneous tweet about his crowd size. "They apologized", Trump said, adding sarcastically, "Oh thank you, CNN, thank you so much".

Earlier in December, ABC News reporter Brian Ross was suspended after he mistakenly reported that Trump directed former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to contact Russian officials during the presidential campaign. Meanwhile, Twitter comedians are fabricating their own feuds with Trump, which are at least as credible as the actual president's obsession with the crowd sizes. "You should have been apologizing for the last two years", Trump said at Friday's rally.

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