President Donald Trump took deadly aim at the mainstream media over the weekend, calling out different outlets for their misrepresentations, inaccuracies and bias in reporting.
Trump capped off his latest round of criticism with a Sunday tweet in which he pointed out the “purposely false and defamatory stories” published recently by the “out of control” media. He then made use of a new and creative phrase by which to describe the “Fake News Media.”
“Very little discussion of all the purposely false and defamatory stories put out this week by the Fake News Media. They are out of control – correct reporting means nothing to them,” Trump tweeted.
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“Major lies written, then forced to be withdrawn after they are exposed…a stain on America!”
Earlier in the day, Trump noted that the mainstream media refuses to report the fact that the economy is doing well under his administration.
“Things are going really well for our economy, a subject the Fake News spends as little time as possible discussing!” he tweeted. “Stock Market hit another RECORD HIGH, unemployment is now at a 17 year low and companies are coming back into the USA. Really good news, and much more to come!”
Trump’s tweets came after a weekend in which he slammed CNN and ABC News for inaccurate stories they were forced to retract, and after controversy erupted over the size of the crowd that attended his rally Friday night in Pensacola, Florida.
After the rally, Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel tried to counter Trump’s claim that the arena the rally took place in was “packed to the rafters.” Weigel tweeted a photo of the arena in which parts of the room were empty.
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But as Trump pointed out, the photo was taken before the president took to the podium to start speaking. During his actual speech, the arena was indeed full.
Weigel did apologize for the misleading photo.
But it wasn’t enough for Trump, who demanded that the Washington Post reporter be fired for making such a blatantly untrue claim.
“@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,” Trump tweeted.
During the rally itself on Friday, Trump called out ABC News and CNN, both of whom recently put out inaccurate stories that attempted to prove there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“They took this fraudster from ABC — they suspended him for a month,” Trump said of ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross, who was suspended for four weeks after he inaccurately reported that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was preparing to testify that during the campaign, Trump had directed him to contact the Russians.
In reality, it was during the transition period when Flynn received the order, meaning that Trump had at that point already been elected president.
“They should have fired him for what he wrote,” Trump added, according to Fox News.
Trump also took aim at CNN, who published a story earlier Friday falsely claiming that Donald Trump Jr. had early knowledge about hacked Democratic National Committee emails obtained by WikiLeaks.
However, CNN mixed up their dates and failed to recognize that Trump Jr. had been contacted by WikiLeaks after the organization made the documents available to the public. CNN was forced to admit the error and correct the story.
That wasn’t enough, though, for Trump.
“They apologized! Oh thank you, CNN. Thank you so much. You should have been apologizing for the last two years,” he said at the rally.
The next day, the president went even further on Twitter, indicating that the network is “a fraud on the American Public.”
“There are many outlets that are far more trusted than Fake News CNN. Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!” he tweeted.