Trump slams 'fake news media', wants some reporters to be fired
- Author: Fernando Stephens Dec 13, 2017,
Dec 13, 2017, 4:39
During a Sunday segment sounding the alarm about the rise of "fake news" in the mainstream media, Fox News anchor Leland Vittert twice claimed that The Washington Post had fired a reporter over a misleading tweet that sparked the ire of President Donald Trump. 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.
The tweet came after various journalists earned Trump and his supporters' attention over a series of supposed reporting errors.
But Trump retorted by labeling Weigel a "fraud" and calling for him to be fired.
Later, Weigel wrote, "It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Post".
Despite receiving the apology that he wanted, and the retraction (Weigel deleted the false tweet), Trump wanted more.
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".
"Fake News CNN made a vicious and purposeful mistake yesterday", Trump posted to his Twitter on Saturday morning. Trump also shared photos of the arena showing it was full. "Real photos now shown as a I spoke". I deleted it after like 20 minutes. 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. He acknowledged it was a "bad tweet" from his personal account and said it was "very fair" to call him out. Ross was suspended for four weeks with no pay.
At the rally on Friday, Trump called Ross a "fraudster" and noted that the stock market had fallen after the report.
Trump went on to let the public know that instead of having the goal to provide reliable and accurate news to the American public, CNN is focused on tearing down his administration via falsified news. The corrected report said that the bank records were of people "affiliated" with Trump.
"CNN'S slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS", Trump added in another tweet. "Analyses of news footage showed that fewer people attended Mr. Trump's inauguration than President Barack Obama's in 2009".