Trump reveals list of winners for his 'Fake News Awards'

Dominique Dufresne
Janvier 20, 2018

By comparison, coverage of President Barack Obama during the same time period was 42 percent positive and 20 percent negative. "When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn't suit him, 'fake news, ' it is the person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press". Or at least he tried to.

Fake news, "invented and disseminated with the intention of fooling the recipient into believing it is genuine", is actionable under present law, he writes in the latest edition of his definitive two-volume treatise on defamation, "Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander and Related Problems". It "CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report", the Republican website said.

"Without strong leadership in the White House, Congress must commit to protecting independent journalism, preserving an open and free media environment, and defending the fundamental right to freedom of opinion and expression", McCain wrote. "Please try again later", it read. "It is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies".

President Donald Trump claimed to have coined the phrase but Merriam-Webster dictionary quickly interjected on Twitter, stating that "fake news" dates all the way back to the 19th century.

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CNN also came out as a "winner", with the left-leaning news network making the list four times.

Late-night TV hosts, who have mocked Trump since his 2016 election win, swiftly dubbed the awards "The Fakeys" or "The Trumpies". The list of "winners" was also displayed on the Republican National Committee's website, which crashed soon after the awards were announced.

In 2017, the phrase "fake news" became just about as common as a simple "good morning". 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. Trump has been making a case for changing U.S. libel laws to make it easier to punish publishers of news he considers "fake".

But contrition scores few points in Trump's media criticism playbook.

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'CNN' received the third prize for "FALSELY" reporting that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J Trump Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks. The government is only funded through Friday, and is facing a shutdown.

The Washington Post's story was placed last for "FALSELY" reporting 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.

Newsweek sent out a tweet Wednesday evening acknowledging its "award". Trump himself has had a lifelong love affair with exaggeration and hyperbole, and a sometimes hostile relationship with facts.

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

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