The New York Times misrepresented the number of people who attended Trump's Tuesday rally in Tennessee. According to one report, the NYT overlooked 4,5000 attendees before correcting the article when President Trump called out the mistake on Twitter.
"The Failing and Corrupt @nytimes estimated the crowd last night at '1000 people,' when in fact it was many times that number - and the arena was rockin’. This is the way they demean and disparage. They are very dishonest people who don’t “get” me, and never did!"
According to Fox News, only 1,000 were reported to attend the Trump rally, but the local fire marshal's office estimated that roughly 5,500 supporters were actually present in the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.
The Nashville Tennessean reported that the Trump campaign believed that even more than 5,500 were present, although official reports by the fire marshal's office are probably the most accurate.
"President @realDonaldTrump is correct about his crowd last night," said the writer of the story after realizing that her estimate was wrong. "My estimate was way off, and we have corrected our story to reflect the fire marshal’s estimate of 5,500 people. When we get it wrong, we say so."
The New York Times itself issued a formal correction in an update of the original story online.
“An earlier version of this article cited an incorrect figure for the number of people attending President Trump’s rally. While no exact figure is available, the fire marshal’s office estimated that approximately 5,500 people attended the rally, not about 1,000 people.”
Throughout his speech, President Trump slammed the Democratic Party in the state and even labeled former Governor Phil Bredesen, a Democrat running for office against Trump-endorsed Senator Bob Corker, an "absolute total tool of Chuck Schumer and, of course, the MS-13 lover Nancy Pelosi."
Trump won Tennessee with more than 60% of the vote in the 2016 election.
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