Trump Lashes Out At 'FAKE NEWS' Washington Post Over Misleading Photo

Trump Wants Washington Post Reporter Fired After He Shares Misleading Photo of Rally Turnout

Trump Wants Washington Post Reporter Fired After He Shares Misleading Photo of Rally Turnout

President Donald Trump urged The Washington Post Saturday to fire Dave Weigel after the reporter tweeted a misleading photo Friday depicting a sparsely populated arena taken before the president's Florida rally commenced. Weigel confirmed that the tweet was a mistake and apologized for issuing the photo. He said he removed the tweet, which showed numerous empty seats ahead of Trump's speech, after being alerted by the Daily Mail's David Martosko that he'd "gotten it wrong".

Trump's tweet references a photo Weigel tweeted showing a mostly empty arena, sarcastically repeating Trump's claim that the arena was "packed to the rafters". Therefore, Weigel has no idea what time that particular photo was taken, and no one with any sense of ethics or concern for accuracy would judge crowd size based on any photograph without Trump standing at the podium. "And when he was later addressed by the president on Twitter, he promptly apologized for it", Kris Coratti, a vice president of communications for the paper, said in a statement to Fox News. On Saturday morning, he attacked CNN for making a what called a "vicious and purposeful mistake" when it was forced to correct a story about the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks. Trump tweeted from his Florida estate, where he was spending the weekend.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Weigel resigned from the Washington Post in 2010 after being caught posting caustic remarks about Republican Congressman Ron Paul and conservative media personalities on a private email list. He deleted it about 20 minutes later.

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The hour-long session ended shortly after, as the two were unable to move past the issue. Unfortunately that leaves me at home later at night hating myself.

'Real photos now shown as I spoke. "Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner", he tweeted.

'An hour later he tweeted: 'It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Post. "Very fair to call me out". After images circulated on social media in January that showed fewer people at his inauguration than former president Barack Obama's, then-press secretary Sean Spicer was dispatched to tell the press, "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration - period - both in person and around the globe".

At Friday's rally, Trump pointed to a CNN correction and other corrections and clarifications by news organizations in the past week.

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