Accurate crowd size unavailable for President Trump's Pensacola rally

Kristopher Drake
December 12, 2017

President Donald Trump singled out a Washington Post reporter for repeated criticism Saturday evening, suggesting he be fired even after the reporter apologized for tweeting a misleading photo he had already deleted. Shortly afterward, Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel quoted Trump's statement about the size of the crowd in a tweet accompanied by a photo of the arena, which appeared to be half-empty. According to U.S. media reports, these pictures instantly went viral on the web thus attracting the President's attention.

To repeat, for emphasis: Donald Trump, whose twitter feed is made up of the two substances of lies and childish overreactions, wants someone else fired for an inaccurate tweet that was immediately retracted and apologized for.

The president's tweets seeking to undermine the media have been a mainstay of his first year in office. "FAKE NEWS, he should be fired".

Weigel apologised after another reporter told him that he had gotten it wrong. Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner'. "And when he was later addressed by the president on Twitter, he promptly apologized for it", the post's VP of communications Kristine Coratti Kelly said.

"It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Post", he added.

Trump's broadside was his latest attempt to discredit the news media as biased against him, an effort that has accelerated after several recent mistakes by organizations and journalists.


Trump accused the reporter of publishing "FAKE NEWS" and demanded an apology.

Mr Spicer said at the time the actual number who attended was unknown - before insisting nonetheless that the new President had attracted "the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration" anywhere in the world.

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 report was eventually corrected by his news organisation to say that the United States leader asked Flynn to contact Russian Federation by the time he was already elected.

He continued: "CNN'S slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS".

Even if the photo had been a legitimate representation of the crowd-size, directly jeering the president in this way is still outrageous behavior from anyone who describes himself as a legitimate journalist.

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