Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel embarrassed himself, his newspaper, and the entire mainstream liberal media on Saturday by pulling a stunt that proved Donald Trump’s theory of Fake News was NOT just a conservative talking point. Weigel, who like most of the D.C. press is more interested in “getting” President Trump than he is in accumulating and dispensing facts for his audience, came across a photograph of Trump’s Pensacola rally that he just couldn’t WAIT to share with his Twitter followers.
Weigel posted a photo of the arena in Florida taken hours before Trump’s rally was set to begin. Naturally, the stands were mostly empty, seeing as how people don’t tend to come to an event until, you know, the event is soon to start. But Weigel thought he had nailed the president, mocking him for saying at the rally that the arena was “packed to the rafters.” It would have been a great “gotcha” moment for Weigel…except that he was soon informed by The Daily Mail’s David Martosko that he was posting fake news. Weigel, sensing that this was the kind of “mistake” that could snowball into a real problem for his continued employment as a journalist, quickly deleted the post and tried to pretend the whole thing never happened.
Which might have worked, except for the fact that President Trump called him out.
“@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,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!”
Knowing he was backed into a corner, Weigel did as demanded. “Sure thing: I apologize,” he wrote. “I deleted the photo after @dmartosko told me I’d gotten it wrong. Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner.”
Which, as apologies go, was rather smarmy, but then, that’s who these people are. They actually see themselves as being at war with the duly-elected president of the United States because he defeated their Golden Girl and because he actually calls them out on their biased BS. They hate him because he is the first Republican politician in ages who isn’t even slightly afraid of them. And they can’t STAND the fact that no matter what they do, no matter how hard they try, and no matter how many dirty tricks they pull, they cannot turn his supporters against him.
Well, Washington Post, stunts like this are the reason why.