The Times has pipped ABC News and CNN to take out the inaugural Fakeys, as Trump names and shames the news agencies that he believes outshone the others with their "dishonesty and bad reporting".
Donald Trump has announced the winners of his inaugural 2017 Fake News Awards.
And the FAKE NEWS winners are…https://t.co/59G6x2f7fD
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2018
The introduction to the awards read — “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.”
Trump then proceeded to list what he deemed to be the 11 worst cases of fake news.
The top three place-getters were the New York Times, ABC News and CNN.
Paul Krugman of the Times came out on top for an opinion piece he penned on the day of Trump’s election win.
The journalist wrote that he believed the US economy would never recover with Trump in power.
“If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.”
“Under any circumstances, putting an irresponsible, ignorant man who takes his advice from all the wrong people in charge of the nation with the world’s most important economy would be very bad news.
“What makes it especially bad right now, however, is the fundamentally fragile state much of the world is still in, eight years after the great financial crisis.”
Brian Ross at ABC News was demoted after incorrectly reporting that dismissed National Security Adviser Michael Flynn would testify that Trump had ordered him to make contact with Russians about foreign policy while Trump was still a candidate.
And CNN clinched the bronze medal after it conceded it reported the wrong date on an email sent to members of the Trump campaign about Wikileaks documents.
“We have updated our story to include the correct date, and present the proper context for the timing of email,” it said in its December correction. CNN actually made the list a further three times.
Climate change, James Comey, Russian collusion, overfeeding fish in Japan, and shaking hands with the Polish first lady, were among the reported topics that have clearly caught the ire of the President.
Unfortunately for the late-night show hosts who light-heartedly lobbied for consideration, they were all overlooked.