Trump demands, gets apology from reporter over 'phony photo'

Lawrence Kim
December 12, 2017

Although everyone knows (and any exceptions do not include political journalists) that Trump's Friday night rally in Pensacola, Florida, was another jam-packed event with a near-capacity crowd of 12,000, Weigel appeared to be under the impression that the media has not already suffered enough of a black eye this week.

The reporter, Dave Weigel, posted a picture of an arena with many empty seats.

".@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.

According to a report on, Weigel posted an image showing Trump's Pensacola rally venue mostly empty, with a message quoting Trump's later assertion that the arena was "packed to the rafters". "Demand apology and retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!", Trump tweeted. "Very fair to call me out".

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.

Trump's tweets attacking Weigel and calling for his termination from the Post were his latest targeting news outlets and reporters on Saturday.

Weigel quickly responded to Trump's tweets with an apology and an acknowledgement of his error. "And when he was later addressed by the president on Twitter, he promptly apologized for it", the post's VP of communications Kristine Coratti Kelly said. "They are out of control - correct reporting means nothing to them".

At the rally on Friday, Trump called Ross a "fraudster" and noted that the stock market had fallen after the report. "And I said to everybody, 'Get yourself a lawyer and sue ABC News'".

CNN also found itself Trump's target when the president blasted the outlet Saturday for reporting Friday that Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., received an email on September 4, 2016, offering him WikiLeaks documents obtained through the Democratic National Committee hack.

In fact, the email to the younger Trump was sent a day after the documents, stolen from the Democratic National Committee, were made available to the general public. CNN acknowledged its mistake and issued a correction.

It was this tweet that motivated Weigel to feed into the anti-Trump sentiment the media has been encouraging since Trump began his White House run more than two years ago. The Times reporter followed up by seizing the opportunity to insist that former President Barack Obama - a favorite of the Times - drew a larger inauguration crowd before his first term than Trump did in 2017.

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