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.
He admitted that he was confused, but maintained that the "bad tweet" was from his personal social media account and not a story for Washington Post. I deleted it after like 20 minutes. "Very fair to call me out", he wrote.
The Post reporter, David Weigel, had earlier tweeted a photo of the crowd gathered at Pensacola Bay Center for Trump's speech there Friday evening, showing numerous empty seats.
In fact, the photo was taken before the rally began.
Well, even if that is Trump, it is a backstage photo.
".@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", Trump tweeted.
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"Trump's public response: ".@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.). The reporter quickly apologized for the mix-up and had deleted the tweet, because that's generally what you do when you make mistakes. "FAKE NEWS, he should be fired", the president tweeted.
Meanwhile, Twitter comedians are fabricating their own feuds with Trump, which are at least as credible as the actual president's obsession with the crowd sizes.
"Weigel was also attacked by the president's fans on Twitter, with users such as "@brinjak" posting "The fake news media is truly disgusting. The emphasis is that of the president and not of the Round Table.
"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. 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.
Bloomberg had to correct a report that said special counsel Robert Mueller issued a subpoena for bank records related to President Trump and his family. "Give their place to a more deserving media outlet", News.com.au reported. The corrected report said that the bank records were of people "affiliated" with Trump. However, National Park Service photos showed that there were far less attendees than former president Barack Obama's inauguration attracted in 2009.
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