Trump reveals winners of controversial 'Fake News Awards'

Vanessa Beaulieu
Janvier 20, 2018

DONALD Trump unveiled the winners of his much-touted "Fake News Awards" late yesterday, escalating his already persistent attacks on a number of major US media outlets.

The winners were announced in a blog post on the GOP website, and features 11 winners. One of the three - supposedly one of the absolute worst examples of fake news - was a Time magazine story that wrongly reported that Trump had removed a bust of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office.

Topping the list was The New York Times' story which claimed on the day of Trump's historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.

Intelligence services reportedly received surveillance orders against campaign figures Carter Page and Paul Manafort, though there is no evidence to suggest that Trump Tower was wiretapped or that any conversations under surveillance involved Trump.

In December, Trump's reelection campaign announced a variation of this contest, asking supporters to vote on "which mainstream story in 2017 was the most deceitful, embarrassing - and most of all - FAKE!"

The Committee to Protect Journalists came out in protest for the awards and said, "Donald Trump has threatened to continue his attempt to discredit the free press by bestowing "fake news awards" upon reporters and news outlets whose coverage he disagrees with". Together there is nothing we can't overcome-even a very biased media.

He goes after popular targets, including CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Ross was later suspended by the network and then moved to a different assignment.

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"Americans still widely believe that the media have a critical role to play in supporting U.S. democracy", Jones said.

Trump's most famous uses of the term "fake news" have centered around the investigation into alleged Moscow election meddling.

Sack has written that profound changes in the structure of the news media since 1964 have only made these protections more important.

It's 2018, a time to start fresh, set goals and put some time into understanding what "fake news" is and how to distinguish it from real news.

Trump may have been on firmer ground with his second pick, ABC News' Brian Ross, for reporting in December that during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had directed campaign adviser and short-lived White House national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact Russian officials before the election.

Following the former reality star's stunning rise to power, Krugman had written that Trump's inexperience on economic policy and unpredictability risked further damaging the weak global economy. This has led to suggestions that the president was surely qualified to recognize false reporting.

For President George W. Bush, the number was 22 percent positive and 28 percent negative.

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