Trump wants reporter fired for posting phoney photo

13 December, 2017, 04:36 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • President Donald Trump waves to supporters after a rally in Pensacola  Fla. Friday Dec. 8 2017.   Associated Press  Jonathan Bachman

The president added another account of the mainstream media's "fake news" campaign created to tear down his presidency and did not hesitate to put the Washington Post reporter on the spot for disseminating false information about his "Make America Great Again" event.

Weigel owned up to the error, saying he deleted the tweet after a Daily Mail reporter spotted his mistake. He pointed out that the reporter just admitted that the photo he shared showing an nearly empty arena for the president's speech was fake, and that he went ahead and tweeted it despite knowing that the place was packed and was actually shown on television. Weigel was responding to Trump's claim that the arena had been "packed to the rafters". "They definitely get what's going on".

"Take a moment and follow @daveweigel, a great reporter and a fantastic guide to this political age", David Fahrenthold said on Twitter.

But the photo was supposedly taken hours before the rally started.

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. "There is a difference between honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people".

"Said Trump: ".@daveweigel @washingtonpost put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousands of people outside, on their way in.

He continued, "Real photos now shown as I spoke".

Trump was not interested in Weigel's apology, and fired back with "FAKE NEWS, he should be fired".


The President of the United States, after Weigel apologized, called for the journalist and private citizen's firing.

"Sure thing: I apologize". "Packed to the rafters", Weigel wrote sarcastically.

The reporter, Dave Weigel, posted a picture of an arena with many empty seats. I deleted the photo after @dmartosko told me I'd gotten it wrong. He acknowledged it was a "bad tweet" from his personal account and said it was "very fair" to call him out. "FAKE NEWS, he should be fired".

Weigel was sacked from The Washington Post in 2010 after private partisan messages were leaked.

Weigel quickly deleted the tweet after another journalist pointed out his error.

Weigel responded in three minutes and apologised for his mistake.

Another leftist anti-Trump publication to the north, the New York Times, tried to turn the tables on Trump over the Pensacola incident, insisting that it was another swipe by the president to "discredit" the mainstream media. 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 corrected a report this week that Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump organization received an email offering a decryption key and website addressed for hacked WikiLeaks documents - after the outlet reported the date of the email as September 14th rather than the 4th. The Times reporter said Trump "pounced" on CNN's "erroneous report" when he called the network out on Twitter.

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