(National Sentinel) War on Fake News: President Donald J. Trump rattled Washington journalists on Saturday after he called out Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel for tweeting a highly misleading photo of a campaign event.
Trump’s response triggered other establishment media figures who claimed that the president’s criticism would lead to a major backlash from the public.
Trump appeared in Pensacola, Fla., Friday night, to a packed venue, but Weigel tweeted a picture showing it with large swaths of empty seats.
The problem was, Weigel’s picture was taken well before the event began. By the time Trump began speaking, it was full.
The president called out Weigel and his employer in a tweet with pictures showing a packed arena.
@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. Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!” he said.
Trump tweeted, “just admitted that his picture was a FAKE (fraud?) showing an almost empty arena last night for my speech in Pensacola when, in fact, he knew the arena was packed (as shown also on T.V.). FAKE NEWS, he should be fired.”
That rattled some in the establishment media. ““By including Dave Weigel’s @ handle, the president’s statement is inviting followers to gang up on a reporter,” CNN’s Brian Stelter wrote.
Other Left-leaning media outlets circled their wagons. For instance, Mother Jones editor-in-chief Clara Jeffrey defended Weigel, calling him “a great reporter.”
“Trump is trying to gin up ire against Post to give permission structure to those who want to doubt its Moore reporting,” Jeffrey claimed. “A manifestation of the only way Trump is smart.”
“The president calling for a journalist to be fired seems like a public threat to the First Amendment,” wrote MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin.
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