Trump rips 'failing' New York Times, 'disgusting and corrupt' media
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Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP 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 ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll 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.