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NYT Corrects False Report About Trump Rally Size

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Amber Athey White House Correspondent

The New York Times corrected its report on the crowd size of President Donald Trump’s rally in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday night.

NYT originally estimated the crowd size to be about 1,000 people, and the president soon called them out on Twitter for the incorrect estimate.

“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,” the president tweeted.

NYT later corrected the report to indicate that the fire marshal at the event estimated the crowd to be 5,500 people — more than five times their initial estimate.

“President @realDonaldTrump is correct about his crowd last night,” White House reporter Julie 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.”

Davis added a correction to the bottom of her piece about the event to make clear that she provided an incorrect estimate of the crowd.

“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,” the correction reads.

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