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A stain on America? Trump spars with the ‘fake news media’

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - U.S. President Donald Trump locked horns with a Washington Post reporter over what he called ‘fake news’ and demanded an apology from the journalist. 

The Washington Post reporter had to tender an apology after Trump demanded it, for posting an erroneous tweet about his rally in Florida.

The political reporter at the newspaper, Dave Weigel had reportedly posted a picture on his Twitter account which showed an empty arena when Trump was addressing a public meeting.

In a tweet on Saturday, Trump said, “Weigel put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before he arrived at the venue, with thousands of people outside, on their way in. Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!"

Within minutes, Weigel apologised in a tweet, "Sure thing: I apologise. I deleted the photo after David Martosko of Daily Mail told me I'd gotten it wrong. Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner." 

However, despite Weigel's apology, Trump demanded in a follow-up tweet that he be fired.

He said, “Weigel of the Washington Post just admitted that his picture was a FAKE (fraud?) showing an almost empty arena last night for my speech in Pensacola when, in fact, he knew the arena was packed (as shown also on TV). FAKE NEWS, he should be fired.”

Meanwhile, Weigel said in another tweet, “It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Post. I deleted it after like 20 minutes. Very fair to call me out.”

At the Friday rally, Trump slammed ABC News’ Brian Ross.

He said, “They took this fraudster from ABC - they suspended him for a month. They should have fired him for what he wrote.”

Ross was suspended for four weeks without pay after he reported that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had been directed by Trump - when he was a candidate for president - to make contact with the Russians. ABC News later corrected the report to note that the order to Flynn came when Trump was already president-elect.

On Friday, Trump also said that CNN had apologized “just a little while ago” for a reporting error.

He said, “They apologized! Oh thank you, CNN. Thank you so much. You should have been apologizing for the last two years.”

CNN was forced to correct a story that suggested the Trump campaign, including Donald Trump Jr., had been tipped off early about hacked DNC emails from WikiLeaks when it later emerged that the alert was about material already publicly available.

CNN responded to the President, “CNN's initial reporting of the date on an email sent to members of the Trump campaign about Wikileaks documents, which was confirmed by two sources to CNN, was incorrect. We have updated our story to include the correct date, and present the proper context for the timing of email.”

However, a CNN official said in a tweet that no disciplinary action will be taken in the matter.

Then, on Saturday, Trump accused CNN of “a vicious and purposeful mistake.”

He said, "Fake News CNN made a vicious and purposeful mistake yesterday. They were caught red handed, just like lonely Brian Ross at ABC News (who should be immediately fired for his "mistake"). Watch to see if @CNN fires those responsible, or was it just gross incompetence?"

In another tweet, he said that CNN is the "least trusted name in news.”

He said, “CNN's slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS. Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public. There are many outlets that are far more trusted than Fake News CNN. Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!"

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Trump further slammed “the Fake News Media,” which he called “out of control,” after the string of major errors in reporting on his presidency emerged over the past week.
He tweeted, “Very little discussion of all the purposely false and defamatory stories put out this week by the Fake News Media. They are out of control - correct reporting means nothing to them.”

The president continued, “Major lies written, then forced to be withdrawn after they are exposed...a stain on America!”

 

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