Trump Asks Supporters to Help Award 'Fake News' Trophy

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December 28, 2017Dec 28, 2017

Update: January 8, 2018

Donald Trump recently announced that his "Fake News Trophy" will be announced later than expected. According to Trump, his award turned out to be far more important than anybody had anticipated.

On January 2, 2018, Trump announced that he will be announcing the award on Monday at 5 o'clock. He claimed the subjects will include dishonesty and bad reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media.

Now, however, President Trump will not be announcing the winners of these Fake News Awards until January 17. The awards were thus supposed to be given today, but Trump, upon his return from the Camp David presidential retreat yesterday, tweeted about the new date. 

“The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday,” he tweeted.

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Original Story:

President Trump recently asked his supporters to help him award a "Fake News" Trophy, according to The Hill. According to Trump, it would be a good idea to have a contest to see which news outlet his supporters consider to be the most "corrupt" and "dishonest." 

"Americans are sick and tired of being lied to, insulted, and treated with outright condescension," reads an email to supporters. "That's why President Trump is crowning the 2017 King of Fake News before the end of the year. There's no point in pretending that some journalists are anything more than peddlers of falsehoods and liberal propaganda." 

This isn't the first time that President Trump has recommended the idea of handing out a trophy to news outlets that his supporters consider to be "Fake News." In fact, in November, Trump recommended the idea on Twitter, noting that all mainstream news outlets are "bad" and that the winner should "receive a fake news trophy." 

The Hill writes that according to polls, the majority of Americans have the least favorable opinion of Fox News, who they claim to be the most bias and inaccurate of all mainstream media outlets. President Trump, in contrast, has aimed most of his attention at CNN and ABC News, as well as other left-leaning news networks. At the same time, he has praised Fox News, claiming that they are a highly rated and quality network, and has appeared on the network more than a dozen times for exclusive interviews. 

In the email to supporters, Trump's campaign provided readers with several options to choose from regarding what they think is the "most fake" news story of 2017. The candidates for fakest news include stories that all networks retracted, corrected, or explicitly apologized for. 

The first story is one originally penned by ABC News, which reports that Michael Flynn would testify against President Trump. Another is from CNN, which claims that Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., were offered early access to WikiLeaks documents. And finally, the third is a story from Times magazine, which claimed that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office.

According to Trump, all three of these stories demonstrate that the mainstream media doesn't care about the truth. Rather, he says, they are "liberal pundits" who think that the American people are "too stupid" to see through their "amateur efforts to manipulate public opinion." 

Since he first began his campaign, Donald Trump has treated the news media as an opposition party. Meanwhile, the news media has taken an adversarial approach to covering Trump, leading to charges of unfair bias and sparking debate about whether President Trump is being covered fairly by the media. 

Trump, in order to combat bias from the mainstream media, has declined to do many media interviews and press conferences and has attempted to undermine the credibility of American news. 

Many Americans, in contrast, believe that President Trump has treated the mainstream too harshly. As a result of Trump's harsh treatment, many believe that actual fake news — uncredible websites that purposefully promote false information in order to get clicks and profit — are able to operate without criticism by Trump supporters or even awareness that the outlets are actually writing fake news. 

In recent news, President Trump fires at Vanity Fair after they apologized for a Hillary Clinton video.

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