Trump calls for firing after Washington Post reporter's mistaken tweet

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President Donald Trump is embroiled in another row with the press, calling for a Washington Post journalist to be fired after the reporter admitted tweeting a inaccurate image of an empty arena the President was due to speak at.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a rally in Pensacola, Florida, U.S. December 8, 2017.

The President had earlier told his 45 million followers: "Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!" he tweeted.

The president's tweet comes after various journalists became targets of Trump and his supporters last week over a series of reporting errors. He removed the tweet after being told by others that the photo was taken before the venue filled up and apologized in a later Twitter exchange with the president. 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". In a subsequent tweet, Weigel further explained that the message was a "bad tweet from my personal account, not a story for Washington Post", but that it was "very fair" for Trump to call him out over it.

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. "FAKE NEWS, he should be fired", the president tweeted. Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public.

The photo, which was posted with the caption, "Packed to the rafters", showed a almost empty arena.

Trump has also taken aim at ABC News' Brian Ross, who erroneously reported that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that he, as a candidate, had directed Flynn to make contact with the Russians during the 2016 election.

During the Pensacola rally, the President once again went on the offensive over the media, asking the crowd: "Did you see all the corrections the media has been making?" Meanwhile, Twitter comedians are fabricating their own feuds with Trump, which are at least as credible as the actual president's obsession with the crowd sizes.

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