Trump Goes After Post Reporter in Photo Flap

Trump calls on Dave Weigel to be fired
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2017 2:35 PM CST
President Donald Trump   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – President Trump is calling on the Washington Post to fire reporter Dave Weigel after Weigel tweeted out a photo that gave a false impression about crowd size at a recent rally. The trouble started early Saturday morning after Trump tweeted that the arena he had spoken in the night before in Pensacola "was packed to the rafters," the Washington Post reports. Weigel responded by tweeting out a photo of the rally that seemed to show several hundred empty seats. "Packed to the rafters," Weigel wrote sarcastically. About 20 minutes later, Weigel deleted the tweet, and around 5pm, Trump accused the reporter of using a "phony photo" taken hours before the rally began. Weigel immediately apologized on Twitter. Later, Weigel wrote, “It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Post. ... Very fair to call me out.”

But that didn't satisfy the president, who called Weigel's original tweet "FAKE NEWS" and said, "he should be fired." The Post isn't the only media outlet to come under fire from Trump for recent mistakes. At Friday's rally, Trump also criticized both ABC News and CNN, the Hill reports. Last week, ABC reporter Brian Ross was suspended for four weeks after falsely reporting that Trump had directed Michael Flynn to contact Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. CNN, meanwhile, had to issue a correction on a story that falsely claimed Donald Trump Jr. had been offered hacked Wikileaks documents before they were made public. "Oh thank you, CNN, thank you so much. You should have been apologizing for the last two years," Trump said at Friday's rally. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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