US President Donald Trump has finally released the list of the winners his ‘Fake News Awards’ on Wednesday, with little fanfare.
1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.
2. ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.
3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.
4. TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.
5. Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.
6. CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding.
7. CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”
8. Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.
9. CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.
10. The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.
11. And last, but not least: “RUSSIA COLLUSION!” Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!
Source: GOP website.
Among the outlets included were CNN, The New York Times, the Washington Post and Time Magazine.
Unsurprisingly, CNN ‘won’ with a total of four awards. The New York Times came in second with two. ABC News, Time Magazine, the Washington Post, and Newsweek each were named once in Trump’s Fake News Awards.
According to the Washington Post, many of the items Trump called ‘fake news’ were tweets, that were quickly corrected and never resulted in articles.
His number one recipient was Paul Krugman, a columnist for The New York Times, who shared his opinion, which was clearly marked as such for the Times.
“We are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight.
“I suppose we could get lucky somehow. But on economics, as on everything else, a terrible thing has just happened.” Krugman wrote, after Trump won the presidential election in 2016.
The President closed out the list with a general mention of what he called the ‘Russia Collusion!’ story, which is still being investigated by special prosecutor Robert Mueller and Republican-led Congressional Committees.
Trump also tweeted support for some members of the media on Wednesday, after the ‘Fake News Awards’ went up on the GOP website.
‘Despite some very corrupt and dishonest media coverage, there are many great reporters I respect and lots of GOOD NEWS for the American people to be proud of!’ Trump wrote.
Trolls on Trump’s awards;
Micah Grimes, head of social media for NBC News, tweeted, ‘Make servers great again,’ poking fun at how the GOP website couldn’t handle the traffic to the site.
Vox’s Matthew Yglesias wrote, ‘This 404 error has really cheapened the spirit of the Fake News Awards.’
Another Twitter use wrote, ‘Heh. You crashed the GOP servier. Congratulations. You finally accomplished something worthwhile!’
And an account that listed the owner’s name as ‘Remove Trump Now’ trolled the President by quoting a tweet Trump posted on October 24, 2013 that said: ‘When a complex website is broken the best thing to do is blow it up and start all over again- then sue the culprits and use the proper team!’
Attorney and journalism professor Seth Abramson also called out the irony of the website crash, given Trump’s previous criticism of the website used to enroll in healthcare under the Affordable Care Act.
“Remember when Trump criticized the Obamacare website AT LENGTH, saying he’d never put out a website so slow or buggy?” Abramson wrote.
“Tonight he set up a SINGLE-PAGE, STATIC WEBSITE for his Fake News Awards, and it CRASHED in SECONDS.”
Slate columnist and Harvard lecturer Yascha Mounk had a more serious take on Trump’s carrying out of his promised ‘Fake News Awards.’
“The Fake News awards are the Trump administration in a nutshell: A serious attack on America’s founding principles–in this case, the freedom of the press–carried out in such a ludicrously ham-fisted manner that it’s deceptively difficult to take it seriously.” Yascha wrote.
While all this was going on, Republican Senator Jeff Flake (Arizona) was commenting on Trump’s treatment of the media from the senate floor.
His address was timed to coincide with the announcement of the controversial Fake News Awards.
Delivering a one-two punch after veteran Republican John McCain penned an op-ed assailing Trump’s spoof awards, Flake slammed what he called the president’s dangerous disregard for the truth, and his designation of the mainstream news media as an ‘enemy of the people.’
“Mr President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Joseph Stalin to describe his enemies,” said the senator, an outspoken Trump critic who is not seeking re-election this year.