WaPo reporter apologizes after misrepresenting Pensacola crowd size

Violet Powell
December 11, 2017

Um, yeah. Weigel is still at the Post.

Politics reporter David Weigel deleted the tweet after it was pointed out to him that the photo was actually taken long before the venue filled up - but not before Trump shared a screenshot of the tweet to his 44.4 million Twitter followers.

Despite Weigel's apology, Trump in a follow-up tweet demanded that he be fired. "Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!" said the US President as he posted pictures of the event.

Trump posted a screengrab of Weigel's Tweet on Saturday, along with photos of him standing in front of a packed arena.

Weigel's breezy assessment followed a firestorm of criticism, after he posted a misleading photo of a mostly empty arena, shot prior to Trump's Friday rally in Pensacola, Florida. Therefore, Weigel has no idea what time that particular photo was taken, and no one with any sense of ethics or concern for accuracy would judge crowd size based on any photograph without Trump standing at the podium.

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"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.). The reporter quickly apologized for the mix-up and had deleted the tweet, because that's generally what you do when you make mistakes.

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. The story mistakenly claimed that Donald Trump Jr. had been tipped off about the release of hacked DNC emails by WikiLeaks before they were made public. CNN acknowledged its mistake and issued a correction.

As for Trump, he tweeted earlier Saturday about his pleasure over the reception he received in Pensacola. "Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!" There are many outlets that are far more trusted than Fake News CNN.

CNN told Politico that the reporters, Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb, would not receive discipline for their erroneous report. But Flynn received the order during the transition period following the 2016 US presidential election, not during the course of the campaign.

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