Trump rips 'failing' New York Times, 'disgusting and corrupt' media
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Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear program in return for sanctions relief 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 ClintonClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Former presidents, first ladies come together to honor Barbara Bush Romney: Parts of Comey book read 'too much like a novel’ MORE by 20 percent if "the disgusting and corrupt media covered me honestly and didn't put false meaning into the words I say."

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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.