After left-wing Washington Post Dave Weigel taunted President Trump with a Fake News photograph that falsely depicted a mostly empty auditorium at the president’s Friday night rally, Trump could not help but fall for the bait and blast him.
After receiving an apology, President Trump said Weigel “should be fired.”
Breitbart News reports:
Although everyone knows (and any exceptions do not include political journalists) that Trump’s Friday night rally in Pensacola, Florida, was another jam-packed event with a near-capacity crowd of 12,000, Weigel appeared to be under the impression that the media has not already suffered enough of a black eye this week.
There is no other way to explain why Weigel would use his verified Twitter account to openly taunt Trump with photographic fake news:
The context here is crucially important…
1) The photo Weigel published was taken before the Trump rally began. And, as you will see below, Weigel knew he was publishing a photo not taken during the actual rally.
2) Weigel, who identifies as an objective reporter, is not only publishing a misleading photo, but the link at the top of his now-deleted tweet proves that he is responding directly to one of Trump’s tweets — in other words, he is publicly heckling the president personally.
3) By responding directly to the president in this way, Weigel is openly taunting Trump, even going so far as to troll the president with his own “packed to the rafters” comment.
Even if the photo had been a legitimate representation of the crowd-size, directly jeering the president in this way is still outrageous behavior from anyone who describes himself as a legitimate journalist.
The only problem is that Weigel’s photo was not legitimate, and Trump called him out on it:
.@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! pic.twitter.com/XAblFGh1ob
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2017
Weigel responded quickly with an apology, the claim that he had already deleted tweet, and the excuse that he “was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner” — which only proves that Weigel knew the photo was not taken during the rally.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) December 9, 2017
Trump supporters were quick to pounce on Weigel’s lame apology; notice he said “sure thing”, he was not sincere, he was responding to the president asking for an apology.
Dave Weasel of the Washington Compose, fake news confirmed.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) December 9, 2017
Oh that's right — journalists have no obligation to verify something is right before publishing it. All they need to do is say "my bad" and they are fine, in fact a shining example of what we want in our news… SMH
— nittygrittydirtband (@nittygrittydirz) December 9, 2017
Fake news media. Thats who. Never seen them be so wrong all the time.
— ZlatanThat (@ZlatanThat) December 9, 2017
Instead of checking to be sure you were correct, in your foaming mouth hatred, you posted fake news. This is a perfect example of why the press is so hated. At least you apologize…how many apologies has the msm had to make this week alone. Disgraceful!
— hopefortomorrow (@kat2denver) December 9, 2017
The media keeps reporting nonsense. Joy Behar got excited about fake news just the other day. In pre-internet era, the media would have gotten away with circulating the fake crowd-size image.
— tanny lee (@tweetannylee) December 9, 2017
Weigel is claiming that in his fake news photograph, this is Trump:
Well, even if that is Trump, it is a backstage photo. 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.
Trump was not interested in Weigel’s apology, and fired back with “FAKE NEWS, he should be fired.”
.@daveweigel of the Washington Post 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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2017
Naturally, the elite media responded — not by admonishing Weigel over his inexcusably inaccurate trolling — but with their favorite claim that Trump is the one man in America who does not have the First Amendment right to criticize the media:
The president calling for a journalist to be fired seems like a public threat to the First Amendment. https://t.co/Vx4csNtIP4
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 9, 2017
And apologized as Trump demanded. And then Trump said that’s not enough. Almost feels like wanting the apology wasn’t the point. https://t.co/v3dwtpC8Gr
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 9, 2017
The best reporters make errors; @daveweigel is a great reporter who made a mistake and corrected it, only to end up bullied by the president of the United States, who has a lengthy record of false statements and a nonexistent record of correcting them.
— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) December 9, 2017
Weigel publicly heckled Trump using what he knew was fake news.
But how do Weigel’s elite colleagues respond? No reprimands. No embarrassment. No reaction that indicates in any way that they are concerned with holding on to whatever residual integrity might remain in their discredited institution. Instead, they all make excuses for the inexcusable and attack the president as though he does not have his own free speech rights, as though the elite media is exempt from criticism.
If you wanted to destroy the media by planting confederates in newsrooms all around the country, over this last week, none of your saboteurs could have been anywhere near as effective as the self-destructive Weigel, Maggie Haberman, Brian Ross, Alisyn Camerota; and everyone at CNN, the Washington Post, Reuters, and PolitiFact.