Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ feature the usual suspects: From NYT’s Paul Krugman to ABC’s Brian Ross, here’s who made it to the list

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New Delhi | Updated: January 18, 2018 11:55:30 AM

CNN appears four times on the 'Fake News Awards' list, followed by two for The New York Times and one each for ABC, The Washington Post, Time and Newsweek. Donald Trump announced the 'awards' on social media.

Fake news awards, Donald TrumpUS president Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce what he termed as the “highly anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards”.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced what he termed as the “highly anticipated Fake News awards”. On the list is a string of reporters and media outlets who have been on the receiving end for their alleged “negative coverage” of the state of affairs under the new US president since his inauguration. While the much-hyped launch was marred by a website crash, with reports of users facing difficulties to get on the GOP website.

The ‘winners’ shared on the website lists out the news reports by outlets that Trump has dedicated much of his time and effort to call out for their alleged bias towards him. The awards were announced by President Trump on social media. “He tweeted: “And the FAKE NEWS winners are…

“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!”

The listing opens with a comment that goes: “2017 was a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even downright fake news. Studies have shown that over 90% of the media’s coverage of President Trump is negative.”

Here’s a look at Trump’s list of “2017 Fake News Awards”:

  1. On top of the list in New York Times’ Paul Krugman for claiming on the day of President Trump’s victory that the economy would never recover. The GOP website also shared a screenshot of the headline of the particular report.
  2. On the second spot is ABC’s Brian Ross, who erroneously reported a crucial detail after the guilty plea of Michael Flynn. Ross suggested Flynn was directed to contact Russian officials when Trump was a candidate, instead of the president-elect. “ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report,” the website said.
  3. CNN took the third spot for its reportage that Donald Trump, as a presidential candidate, and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks. “CNN botches dates, inaccurately reports Trump campaign had WikiLeaks sneak peak,” the website said.
  4. Another ‘award’ went to TIME magazine for reporting that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office. The website also carried a screenshot of coverage of the President posing with the bust.
  5. The fifth spot went to Washington Post which “FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty.” The website alleged that the “dishonest” reporter showed a picture of empty arena hours before the crowd started pouring in. The website also shared an earlier tweet by Trump seeking an apology over the alleged misreporting.
  6. CNN featured on the list one more time over its coverage of President Trump allegedly overfeeding the fish during his visit to Japan. “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 GOP website said.
  7. CNN took the seventh spot too for reporting about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.” The GOP website also shared a Washington Post headline saying: “Three CNN employees resign over retracted story on Russia ties”.
  8. At number 8 on the list is Newsweek for reporting that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand. The website carried a photograph of the President shaking hands with the Polish First Lady.
  9. CNN features yet again on the list, this time for reporting that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation. The website also shared two screenshots of the network’s reportage to drive home the contradiction.
  10. Last on this list is the New York Times for “claiming on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report,” the website said.

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