Tuesday, December 12, 2017
President Trump in the last few days has demanded that reporters at ABC, CNN and The Washington Post be fired for committing "fake news." The offenses ranged from incorrect dates on ABC and CNN stories that made them seem more significant than they were, to a photo that the Post's David Weigel incorrectly said was evidence of a less than "packed" crowd at Trump's speech in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday. Trump demanded an apology and a retraction from Weigel on Saturday afternoon. Three minutes later, Weigel tweeted: "Sure thing: I apologize." He said he had deleted the photo and explained, "Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner." Apparently that wasn't good enough; an hour later Trump tweeted: "FAKE NEWS, he should be fired."
Here's a thought experiment. What if Trump acted more like the media? ABC News made the most egregious error, imposed a four-week suspension on the offending reporter, and issued the most fulsome, contrite apology. That's the model most appropriate for Trump. So, imagine:
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