Trump calls for firing after reporter's mistaken tweet

President Donald Trump at his campaign-style rally in Pensacola Fla. Dec. 8 2017. Just four days before a crucial special election for a United States Senate seat in Alabama Trump again offered his unequivocal backing for the Republican nominee Roy M

Tom Brenner New York Times President Trump at his campaign-style rally in Pensacola Fla. on Friday

On Saturday, he was given further ammunition after a Post journalist tweeted a photo which suggested low attendance at a Trump rally at the Pensacola Bay Center in Florida on Friday night.

In addition, it's probably safe to say that the president is paying close attention to any type of misreporting from anyone in the news.

"FAKE NEWS, he should be fired", Trump posted on Twitter after Weigel's apology.

Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel added to his left-leaning paper's anti-Trump coverage by intentionally taking a photo of the Pensacola arena hours before he arrived at the arena and posting it after the president spoke to make it look as if the president was lying about the great following at his event [s].

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Weigel's breezy assessment followed a firestorm of criticism, after he posted a misleading photo of a mostly empty arena, shot prior to Trump's Friday rally in Pensacola, Florida. Packed house, many people unable to get in. The venue was later filled with people. Weigel confirmed that the tweet was a mistake and apologized for issuing the photo. "Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner", the reporter tweeted.

But Trump retorted by labeling Weigel a "fraud" and calling for him to be fired.

"Mr. 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 news organizations and individual journalists", the New York Times' Zach Johndec claimed.

Contacted Sunday, Weigel referred questions to a Washington Post spokeswoman, Kristine Coratti Kelly. "Very fair to call me out", he wrote. Just today, his preferred outlet Fox News even covered the matter - and while discussing it, provided fake news themselves.

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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.

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

So when is Trump going to acknowledge his crowd size lie?

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".

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The election could have major implications for the balance of power in the Senate, where Republicans have a slight edge. Trump also derided a "rigged system" at the rally, even though he won the 2016 presidential election. "Terrible.


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