Here’s the story so far: On Saturday night, President Trump called out The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel for tweeting a photo of a half-empty arena in Pensacola, Fla., where Trump appeared Friday night. Weigel deleted the tweet after learning the photo was taken well before the well-attended event began and apologized to the president in a reply to his tweet.

We’d thought the drama would have ended there, but in a follow-up tweet, the president called on Weigel to be fired. That obviously upset a lot of journalists, but it inspired CNN’s Brian Stelter to tweet this:

That is pretty much how Twitter works, but perhaps the news media could avoid exactly this scenario by not rushing to post fake news.

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