Trump rips 'failing' New York Times, 'disgusting and corrupt' media
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Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE early Sunday blasted The New York Times after a critical story said he is ignoring advisers' pleas amid falling poll numbers.

In a series of tweets, Trump called the report “fiction.”

Trump said he would be leading Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE by 20 percent if "the disgusting and corrupt media covered me honestly and didn't put false meaning into the words I say."

In a story titled “Inside the Failing Mission to Tame Trump’s Tongue,” advisers told the Times that Trump’s mood in private is often sullen and erratic.

“He veers from barking at members of his staff to grumbling about how he was better off following his own instincts during the primaries and suggesting he should not have heeded their calls for change,” the story says, adding that the billionaire “broods about his souring relationship with the news media.”

— This report was updated at 9:04 a.m.