Trump says Washington Post should fire 'fraud' journalist over erroneous tweet

Politics reporter Dave Weigel shared images on Twitter showing rows of empty seats in the Pensacola Bay Center, Florida, where Trump held a rally Friday, with the sarcastic comment "packed to the rafters".

The President had earlier told his 45 million followers: "Packed house, many people unable to get in". He demanded an "apology & retraction" from the Washington Post.

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After the President demanded an apology, the reporter responded promptly, tweeting directly to the President: "Sure thing. I deleted the photo after @dmartosko told me I'd gotten it wrong", Weigel wrote, referring to David Martosko, U.S. political editor of the Daily Mail's website.

Trump has since called for the Post to fire Weigel.

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.

"@Daveweigel of the Washington Post just admitted that his picture was a FAKE (fraud?) showing an nearly empty arena last night for my speech in Pensacola when, in fact, he knew the arena was packed (as shown also on T.V.). Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner".

Trump tweeted twice Saturday on the matter.

The source of his anger on Saturday morning was an error made by CNN on Friday, when the network wrongly reported that the president's son Donald Trump Jr. may have been notified about hacked emails obtained by WikiLeaks before they were publicly released.

You can always count on President Trump to bash the media, whether the reporting is accurate. "Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public", Trump wrote on Twitter. "Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!" I recommend @washingtonpost has it's WH press passes suspended for a month every time they print a blatantly fake news story.

This latest incident appeared replay his inauguration crowd-size debacle, when Trump famously disputed the underwhelming crowd-size at the event.

  • Jon Douglas