Yesterday must have been slow for real news (what with many
of us in the South helplessly trapped in our homes due to the ¼ inch of snow that fell Tuesday night.) because President Trump’s first ever “Fake News Awards” drew so much traffic it crashed the GOP’s website.
So much fun here I don’t even know where to start!
First, to the surprise and delight of absolutely nobody, CNN was the big “winner” last night taking 4 of the 10 awards (and they haven't even posted this on their website!) You can read the entire list here since the GOP has finally gotten its website fixed:
And of course, the Washington Post has been quick to respond
with their “Well yeah, but….” Fact checker. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2018/01/17/fact-checking-president-trumps-fake-news-awards/?utm_term=.4bead6d76361
The “awards” range from serious to petty. I’m actually going
to agree with the WaPo that awarding the New York Time’s Paul Krugman first place for his prediction that the stock market would never recover after Trump’s victory was a poor choice because A) Krugman is a columnist not a reporter and was just expressing an opinion and B) everybody knows that Paul Krugman is the world’s worst economist, and nobody believes any of his overwrought predictions anyway.
The remaining awards:
4) TIME report that Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office
9) CNN report that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim he was told he was not under
Some of these stories were stellar examples of reporters rushing
out a story that was “too good to check” and resulted in retractions, apologies, suspensions and resignations. (Numbers 2, 3, 7 and 10) CNN’s story on Scaramucci is probably the worst offender on this list and resulted in the firing of the 3 reporters, one of whom was a Pulitzer Prize winner.
The rest of the winners? Well, a lot of this wasn’t actual “reporting” but something stupid that someone “Tweeted” out and later had to delete. Certainly Trump of all people should be sympathetic to an ill timed Tweet. And how petty is it for the leader of the free world to be hung up on a video of him feeding fish?
Nonetheless, they all prove Trump’s point that the media is out to get him and goes out of its way to make him look bad (like saying the Polish first lady didn’t shake his hand) to the point of altering videos.
Honestly, I don’t know who is more petty here: the liberal press
for all its inaccurate hair on fire stories about Trump (remember the outrage at the report that the president gets TWO scoops of ice cream for desert?) or the president himself for obsessing over them (and here we go with the crowd size argument again.)
Either way, you can certainly see how both have earned their
low approval ratings.
As for the president’s #11 award: “Russian collusion is
perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!” Well, I guess we’ll have to wait until the Mueller investigation is over before we find out just how fake that one is.