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Media, analysts outraged, amused by Trump’s Fake News awards

Trump’s Fake News awards

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - After several delays, U.S. President Donald Trump finally released his Fake News Awards, tweeting out a list of winners. 

A total of 11 Fake News Awards were handed out by the President, with New York Times’ Paul Krugman receiving the first honor.

The GOP said, “2017 was a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even downright fake news. Studies have shown that over 90 percent of the media’s coverage of President Trump is negative.”

Commenting on Krugman, GOP said he claimed on the day of President Trump’s “historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.”

Most of the awards presented by the President were won by CNN, with a total of three and the New York Times grabbed two awards.

The first ten awards were awarded to outlets, as well as specific journalists in places, but the final, and 11th “award” was handed to - “And last, but not least: “RUSSIA COLLUSION!” 

Trump said, “Russia collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION.”

Apart from Krugman, Trump also awarded ABC News' Brian Ross - who he said “CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.”

Trump awarded “CNN” for “FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.”
TIME also featured in the awards for “FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.”
Trump wrote, “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.”

He awarded “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.”

The same network was awarded again for “FALSELY reporting about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”
Newsweek was also awarded for “FALSELY reporting that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.”

Yet again CNN featured on the list, for “FALSELY reporting that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.”

The New York Times won another award for “FALSELY claiming on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.”

The “RUSSIA COLLUSION!" was also awarded, tagged as “perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!”

Meanwhile, the GOP also released a list focussing on some of Trump’s results, claiming that the media “has been too distracted due to spending 90 percent of the time focused on negative coverage or fake news.”

The GOP wrote, “The economy has created nearly 2 million jobs and gained over $8 trillion in wealth since the President’s inauguration. African Americans and Hispanics are enjoying the lowest unemployment rate in recorded history. The President signed historic tax cuts and relief for hardworking Americans not seen since President Reagan.”

It further added, “President Trump’s plan to cut regulations has exceeded ‘2 out for every 1 in’ mandate, issuing 22 deregulatory actions for every one new regulatory action. The President has unleashed an American energy boom by ending Obama-era regulations, approving the Keystone pipeline, auctioning off millions of new acres for energy exploration, and opening up ANWR.”

Further, it said in its report, “ISIS is in retreat, having been crushed in Iraq and Syria. President Trump followed through on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and instructed the State Department to begin to relocate the Embassy.”

It noted, “With President Trump’s encouragement, more member nations are paying their fair share for the common defense in the NATO alliance.Signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the VA to fire failing employees and establishes safeguards to protect whistleblowers. President Trump kept his promise and appointed Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

As Trump released the list on Twitter, he also linked the Republican National Committee website, which crashed soon after, turning up error messages that read, “The site is temporarily offline, we are working to bring it back up. Please try back later.”

GOP said on Twitter, “Tonight, gop.com saw more traffic than ever before. Even though the servers were scaled up, the interest was even greater than anticipated. Traffic is off the charts. Come back soon.”

Trump’s awards for the media drew criticism from a senator from his own Republican party, who hurled a stinging rebuke at the President.

Jeff Flake accusing the U.S. leader of undermining the free press with Stalinist language.

He slammed the President’s “dangerous disregard for the truth,” and his designation of the mainstream news media as an “enemy of the people.”

Hours later, Trump took to Twitter again and said, “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!”

 

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