President Donald Trump hit out at the news media again, calling it ‘out of control’ just 48 hours after corrections were made from major outlets and their employees, regarding reports and photos that later turned out to be inaccurate.
‘Very little discussion of all the purposely false and defamatory stories put out this week by the Fake News Media,’ Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon.
‘They are out of control – correct reporting means nothing to them. Major lies written, then forced to be withdrawn after they are exposed…a stain on America!
The tweet came on the heels of major outlets such as CNN and The Washington Post posting corrections on stories and photos that were revealed to be incorrectly reported.
President Donald Trump hit out at the news media again, calling it ‘out of control’ just 48 hours after corrections were made from major outlets and their employees, regarding reports and photos that later turned out to be inaccurate
Trump (pictured Friday) called the media ‘a stain on America’ following a 48 hour period that included a disproved report over an e-mail that appeared to show Trump-Russia collusion and sharing of a photo that misrepresented the size of a rally crowd
On Friday morning, a seemingly explosive CNN report indicated that the media outlet had obtained confirmation that an e-mail was sent to the Trump campaign, as well as to prominent Trump family members, offering a decryption key and link to a large quantity of hacked Democratic National Committee e-mails.
According to CNN’s sources, the e-mail was sent on September 4, 2016, nine days prior to when the hacked documents were made public by WikiLeaks.
The date of the e-mail appeared to indicate that the Trumps had been offered special and advance access to the hacked DNC e-mails, which suggested that the e-mail was a noteworthy piece of evidence in the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.
Hours after the CNN report surfaced, The Washington Post, which had obtained a copy of the actual e-mail, revealed that the date stamp on the e-mail was actually September 14, 2016 – the day after WikiLeaks had made the hacked e-mails public via a Twitter link, meaning that the sender of the e-mail was merely pointing the Trump campaign to widely available information.
In other words, the email – one of thousands Donald Trump Jr had turned over to a House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference into the 2016 Election – revealed nothing.
By 12.46pm on Friday, CNN had started to issue corrections about the story, both online, via social media and on air. The network cited the fact that multiple sources had confirmed the incorrect September 4 date, but that the CNN reporter had not actually seen the e-mail itself.
Following CNN’s correction of the disproved e-mail date story, Trump called CNN ‘Fake News’ in a pair of tweets, wondering if the report was due to ‘gross incompetence’
Trump, who had been in Pensacola, Florida, for a rally on Friday, triumphantly took to Twitter on Saturday to post a pair of tweets crowing about how ‘Fake News CNN’ had been ‘caught red handed.’
‘Fake News CNN made a vicious and purposeful mistake yesterday,’ Trump tweeted at 5.02am Saturday, while wondering if the e-mail date report was due to ‘gross incompetence’ at the network.
Twenty minutes later, Trump tweeted, ‘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!’
On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted about how his Florida rally was ‘packed to the rafters’
Shortly after, Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel tweeted out a picture of the arena that made it appear as though the rally was sparsely attended
A photo taken during the rally showing that the arena was, indeed, ‘packed to the rafters’
Trump quickly tweeted out pictures showing the full crowd at the rally and demanded an apology from Weigel, as well as his employer, the Washington Post
On Saturday, responding to Trump’s tweet about how his Pensacola, Florida, rally had been ‘packed to the rafters’ with supporters, Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel, using his personal Twitter handle, posted a photo of a barely populated arena in a seeming effort to disprove Trump’s words.
‘Packed to the rafters,’ Weigel quipped of his phony photo.
That tweet, naturally, went viral as it called to mind other instances in which Trump had seemingly overstated crowd attendance at events, such as his inauguration, which photographic evidence apparently provided otherwise.
At 2.01pm, Trump lashed out with a set of his own photos, showing that the venue was, in fact, truly ‘packed to the rafters’.
Weigel, Trump tweeted, ‘put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ 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!’
Weigel quickly apologized on Twitter, writing at 2.04pm, ‘Sure thing: I apologize.’ He went on to say that he deleted the empty-looking crowd photo and had been ‘confused’ into thinking it represented rally attendance during the speech due to the fact that Trump could be seen in the bottom right corner.
Trump responded to the apology effort by demanding that Weigel be fired from his job at the Washington Post, a news outlet that Trump has frequently taken aim at.