Trump wants Washington Post reporter fired for misleading tweet

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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.

Trump posted a screengrab of Weigel's Tweet on Saturday, along with photos of him standing in front of a packed arena. According to United States media reports, these pictures instantly went viral on the web thus attracting the President's attention. The president called journalists "sick people" at a rally in Phoenix, August; in September, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that an ESPN reporter's tweet calling Trump a "white supremacist" was a "fireable offense". The reporter quickly apologized for the mix-up and had deleted the tweet, because that's generally what you do when you make mistakes.

But that didn't satisfy the president, who called Weigel's original tweet "FAKE NEWS" and said, "he should be fired".

She said in a statement: "Dave Weigel relied on an inaccurate image in tweeting about President Trump's rally in Pensacola. Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner", he tweeted. "Very fair to call me out", Weigel later tweeted.

Weigel responded "It was a bad tweet from my personal account, not a story for Washington Post".

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Limbaugh had called for then-President Barack Obama to fail, and when the radio host was hospitalized with chest pains, Weigel reportedly wrote, "I hope he fails".

"The president replied: "@daveweigel of the Washignton 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.).

But the Post wasn't the only news organization to suffer Trump's ire on Saturday.

Trump in recent days has taken advantage of a handful of journalistic errors to take aim at specific reporters and outlets. The reporter has claimed that Trump had directed Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, to make contact with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. "You know what he cost people?" the president said. The correction undercut the main thrust of CNN's report, which had been seized on by critics of the president. "Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public".

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.