NYT Corrects Report of Crowd Size at Nashville Rally After Trump Calls It Out for Being ‘Dishonest’

Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium / Getty Images
• May 30, 2018 5:10 pm


New York Times reporter Julie Hirschfeld Davis conceded on Wednesday that President Donald Trump was correct to call out her report, saying her estimated crowd size for his Nashville rally a night earlier was incorrect.

Davis' original report said Trump's rally attracted approximately 1,000 people, but the fire marshal's office said they estimated "approximately 5,500 people." Trump responded to Davis' article by calling the Times "failing and corrupt" and saying the people there were "very dishonest."

"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!" Trump tweeted.

Davis, who is also a CNN political analyst, responded to Trump's tweet by acknowledging he was "correct about his crowd last night."

"President @realDonaldTrump is correct about his crowd last night. 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 tweeted.

"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 May 30 correction reads.

It is unclear how Davis wasn't able to account for the other estimated 4,500 people in attendance, but several people on Twitter pointed to a tweet Davis wrote during the rally about her concern that a little kid was yelling "fake news" and suggested it may have distracted her during the event. She called the boy's actions a "depressing sight."