‘Stain on America!’ Trump denounces ‘Fake News Media’ after string of major reporting errors exposed

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President Trump on Sunday slammed “the Fake Information Media,” which he named “out of control,” following a string of major mistakes in reporting on his presidency emerged in the last 7 days.

“Very minor dialogue of all the purposely wrong and defamatory stories set out this week through the Bogus News Media,” he tweeted. “They are uncontrolledcorrect reporting suggests practically nothing to them.”

The president ongoing, “Major lies published, then pressured being withdrawn soon after they are uncovered…a stain on America!”

Trump’s comments arrived following a Washington Write-up reporter tweeted a deceptive photo concerning the group sizing at Friday’s rally in Pensacola, Fla., through which Trump took purpose at ABC News’ Brian Ross and CNN.

Within a now-deleted tweet, the Post’s Dave Weigel posted a photo of a half-empty arena to mock Trump for declaring the rally was “packed on the rafters.”

But that photo wasn’t taken though Trump was talking. Trump tweeted shots demonstrating the sector when it was total.

“.@daveweigel @washingtonpost set out a phony photo of an empty arena hours prior to I arrived @ the location, w/ 1000’s of people outside, on their way in,” he tweeted. “Real pictures now demonstrated as I spoke. Packed house, several people struggling to get in. Need apology & retraction from Fake News WaPo!”

Weigel tweeted, “Sure thing: I apologize,” expressing he deleted the photo right after another reporter informed him he had “gotten it wrong.”

“It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Put up. I deleted it following like 20 minutes. Very fair to call me out,” Weigel said in another tweet.

Trump later named for Weigel being fired.

Earlier at the Friday rally itself, Trump slammed ABC News’ Brian Ross.

“They took this fraudster from ABC — they suspended him for a month,” he said. “They should have fired him for what he wrote.”

Ross was suspended for four weeks without pay right after he reported that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had been directed by Trump — when he was a candidate for president — to make contact with the Russians. ABC News later corrected the report to note that the order to Flynn arrived when Trump was already president-elect.

Trump also said Friday that CNN had apologized “just a small though ago” for a reporting error.

“They apologized! Oh thank you, CNN. Thank you so much. You should have been apologizing for the last two years,” he said.

CNN had to correct a story that suggested the Trump campaign, including Donald Trump Jr., had been tipped off early about hacked DNC emails from WikiLeaks when it later emerged that the alert was about material already publicly available.

CNN responded, “CNN’s initial reporting of the date on an email sent to members of the Trump campaign about Wikileaks documents, which was confirmed by two sources to CNN, was incorrect. We have updated our story to include the suitable date, and present the proper context for the timing of email.”

No disciplinary action will be taken in the matter, a CNN official said in the tweet.

On Saturday, Trump accused CNN of “a vicious and purposeful mistake.”