Trump bashes CNN and Washington Post

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PEN America excoriates President Donald Trump for demanding the dismissal of Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel after Weigel erroneously tweeted a photo and message suggesting that Trump's Pensacola rally was sparsely attended (it was actually full).

Supporters watch as US President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Pensacola Bay Center on December 8, 2017 in Pensacola, Florida.

The President had earlier told his 45 million followers: "Packed house, many people unable to get in". After receiving the apology, the president then called for Weigel to be fired, but not without contributing his own fake news to the story.

After the rally on Friday, Trump tweeted out saying, "thank you Pensacola!", noting that the arena "was packed to the rafters".

Trump also tweeted that he felt Weigel "should be fired". He said he removed the tweet, which showed numerous empty seats ahead of Trump's speech, after being alerted by the Daily Mail's David Martosko that he'd "gotten it wrong".

Mr. Trump said in a follow-up tweet that Mr. Weigel should be fired.




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.

"Very little discussion of all the purposely false and defamatory stories put out this week by the Fake News Media. Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!" Except when you're Trump, who has throughout his tenure has refused to back down from even the most obvious falsities. "Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public", Trump wrote on Twitter. He deleted the tweet after learning that the venue had not yet filled up.

Trump in recent days has taken advantage of a handful of journalistic errors to take aim at specific reporters and outlets.

Trump's ABC jab referred to the network's investigative reporter who was suspended for four weeks without pay after he erroneously reported that Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, had been directed to make contact with the Russians.

So when is Trump going to acknowledge his crowd size lie?

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