14:15 GMT07 March 2021
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    Trump Jr. earlier mockingly tweeted a photo of a CNN host who was reporting a flooding, implying that his coverage was exaggerated, but the picture in dispute turned out to be 10 years old.

    Donald Trump Jr. was shamed on Twitter after taking a jibe at the mainstream media, his father's nemesis. The president's eldest son had tweeted a picture of CNN's host Anderson Cooper standing in waist-deep water while his cameraman stood on higher ground, implying that Cooper had exaggerated the extent of the flooding and citing CNN's dwindling ratings.

    This post drew an unexpected response from a woman who claimed to be the cameraman's widow. She said that her husband died last September after working with CNN for 26 years.

    Anderson Cooper himself lashed out at Donald Trump's accusation, saying the picture in question was not from Tropical Storm Florence, which has been raging through North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia since last week, but rather from Hurricane Ike in 2008, when he reported on the just the opposite: receding waters.

    "I don't expect the president's son to ever admit he was wrong or one of the president's former advisers or frankly anyone else who's retweeted these pictures," Cooper said. "But I at least thought that they and you should know the truth."

    Trump Jr.'s gaffe triggered a plethora of stinging comments from enraged netizens, with some claiming there are "no boundaries on dignity" for the Trumps.


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