Weigel said he deleted the photo after another reporter "told me I'd gotten it wrong".
The journalist defended his newspaper, pointing out the tweet from his personal account was "not a Washington Post story". So in that context, Weigel's tweet fit perfectly into Trumpworld's perpetual, newly invigorated narrative that the media is out to get the president and pushing out false stories to do so.
Three days after President Donald Trump's campaign-style rally at the Pensacola Bay Center, local and national officials could not provide the exact size of the crowd that watched the president's speech. The reporter later deleted the tweet and apologized for his error after he found out the photo had been taken well before Trump actually spoke. He pointed out that the reporter just admitted that the photo he shared showing an nearly empty arena for the president's speech was fake, and that he went ahead and tweeted it despite knowing that the place was packed and was actually shown on television. "And when he was later addressed by the president on Twitter, he promptly apologized for it".
Weigel publicly heckled Trump using what he knew was fake news.
Trump's broadside was his latest attempt to discredit the news media as biased against him, an effort that has accelerated after several recent mistakes by organizations and journalists. At Friday's rally, Trump also criticized both ABC News and CNN, the Hill reports.
In fact, the email to the younger Trump was sent a day after the documents, stolen from the Democratic National Committee, were made available to the general public.
To repeat, for emphasis: Donald Trump, whose twitter feed is made up of the two substances of lies and childish overreactions, wants someone else fired for an inaccurate tweet that was immediately retracted and apologized for. He slammed them for being out of control, and that correct reporting means nothing to them.
The president added: "CNN'S slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS".
Trump's outburst Saturday was not the first time he had expressed anger at the news media for its coverage of attendance at his rallies and other events.
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 president replied: "@daveweigel of the Washignton Post just admitted that his picture was a FAKE (fraud?) showing an nearly empty arena last night for my speech in PEnsacola when, in fact, he knew the arena was packed (as shown also on T.V.).