Trump demands, gets apology from reporter over 'phony photo'
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Dec 11, 2017,
Dec 11, 2017, 0:26
"Packed to the rafters", Weigel wrote sarcastically.
But Trump wasn't ready to forgive and forget and called for the reporter to be fired.
Trump has frequently lashed out at media figures in very personal terms.
On Saturday night, The Washington Post released a statement.
Among the leaked comments on the "Journolist" listserv was that Paul, elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave, was part of the "Paultard Tea Party".
"And then the president demanded an apology", Vittert said.
Weigel also reportedly lamented that news organizations 'need to give equal/extra time to "real American" views, no matter how [expletive] moronic'.
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Weigel resigned over the imbroglio in June 2010, after just three months working with the Post.
'@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, ' he wrote. However, National Park Service photos showed that there were far less attendees than former president Barack Obama's inauguration attracted in 2009.
The President had earlier told his 45 million followers: "Packed house, many people unable to get in. While the president demanded he be fired, he is still with The Washington Post, and I want, with that, to apologize for my mistake".
Weigel responded minutes later, saying he'd been notified of the error by DailyMail.com's United States political editor, David Martosko, who attended the event.
Weigel owned up to the error, saying he deleted the tweet after a Daily Mail reporter spotted his mistake. "Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner", he tweeted. Trump-or whoever is running his Twitter account these days-seized on the inaccuracy, demanding an apology and retraction from the Washington Post. He deleted it about 20 minutes later.
"For the President to call for a reporter to be fired infringes on the First Amendment, even if the journalist's private employer has the wisdom to ignore the advice from the Oval Office". Trump launched a predictable attack on CNN over that story on Saturday morning, and had called out another big retracted story from ABC News at his rally on Friday night.
The corrections came from stories that initially had been damaging to the president but didn't live up to the scrutiny.