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The New York Times issued a correction for falsely reporting the crowd size of a Tuesday rally for President Donald Trump in Tennessee.

On Twitter, Trump called out the Times for underestimating the number of people in attendance at the rally.

“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'”, Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning. “This is the way they demean and disparage. They are very dishonest people who don’t ‘get’ me, and never did!”

While the Times first reported that roughly 1,000 supporters (“He worked an audience of about 1,000 people into a frenzy by recalling the term he used this month during a discussion of how difficult it was to target suspected undocumented immigrants, including criminal gang members, for deportation.” the paper initially reported) joined the rally in Nashville, Joseph Pleasant, a spokesman for the Nashville Fire Department, said in a statement reported in The Tennessean the building has a capacity of around 9,600. “Our Fire Marshal’s office counted around 5,500 people who attended the rally last night,” Pleasant reportedly said.

After Trump called the Times’ reporting into question, the paper issued a correction:

“An earlier version of this article cited an incorrect figure for the number of people attending President Trump’s rally,” stated the online version of the Times’ correction. “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.”

On Twitter, Times White House reporter Julie Davis acknowledged the mistake. “President @realDonaldTrump is correct about his crowd last night,” Davis tweeted. “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.”





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