Trump Suggests Firing Journalist After His Apologies Over 'Fake' Photo


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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. According to United States media reports, these pictures instantly went viral on the web thus attracting the President's attention.

Trump also demanded Weigel apologize for publishing a photo of the empty arena as it had been made hours before the president's arrival and many people had not come yet.

Weigel later removed his tweet about attendance at the rally and apologized, but the move did not appease the president.

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

Supporters watch as US President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Pensacola Bay Center on December 8, 2017 in Pensacola, Florida. "Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner", the reporter tweeted. "Very fair to call me out", Weigel later tweeted. The report was eventually corrected by his news organisation to say that the USA leader asked Flynn to contact Russian Federation by the time he was already elected.

'An hour later he tweeted: 'It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Post.

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Earlier this month, Donald Trump retweeted three extremist anti-Muslim videos that were literally fake news, something the White House advised didn't matter because "whether it's a real video, the threat is real". "And when he was later addressed by the president on Twitter, he promptly apologized for it".

He has previously taken issue with reports over the size of crowds, notably following his inauguration ceremony, when his now deposed Press Secretary Sean Spicer accused journalists of reporting inaccurate numbers and using misleading photographs "to minimise the enormous support" he claimed Mr Trump has received at the January swearing-in. As NCRM has noted, journalists make mistakes - and responsible journalists correct those mistakes. "Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public".

Trump didn't hesitate to throw ABC under the bus as well for "fraudster" Brian Ross' erroneous report on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, claiming the network should've fired the now suspended reporter.

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Even if the photo had been a legitimate representation of the crowd-size, directly jeering the president in this way is still outrageous behavior from anyone who describes himself as a legitimate journalist.

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