Trump's 'fake news awards' condemned by Republicans, fodder for comedians

by Garry Watts January 18, 2018, 3:48
Trump's 'fake news awards' condemned by Republicans, fodder for comedians

President Trump's Fake News Awards, originally slated for January 8, then rescheduled for today, may or may not actually be happening-yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when pressed, had no details about what she called the "potential event"-but John McCain and Samantha Bee are both braced for them".

"The phrase "fake news" - granted legitimacy by an American president - is being used by autocrats to silence reporters, undermine political opponents, stave off media scrutiny and mislead citizens", the senator wrote in The Post.

Senator McCain cited statistics from the Committee to Protect Journalists that 262 reporters were jailed last year over their work, making 2017 one of the most unsafe years on records for journalists worldwide.

Trump described his "Fake News Awards" in a January 7 tweet, saying he would single out "losers" and "the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media".

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Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news. "This is regrettable and it won't happen again", Miyagi said. Gabbard also tweeted the mistaken alert, which stated: "EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII ".

"Covered in real fake gold and made in "Gina" the mock Trump announced while holding the award. In doing so, she says, he has also given democracy-averse leaders around the world a playbook of his own, showing them how to wield the weapon that is "fake news".

On Sunday, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake discussed pre-released segments of a speech he is due to give on Wednesday in which he will criticize the Trump administration. In response to Trump's announcement that he would present fake news awards, CPJ awarded him for "Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom". He has threatened to continue his attempt to discredit the free press by bestowing "fake news awards" upon reporters and news outlets whose coverage he disagrees with.

This alone should be a source of great shame for us in this body, especially for those of us in the president's party. And, of course, the president has it precisely backward - despotism is the enemy of the people.

On Tuesday, both late-night hosts had some fun envisioning what Trump's first awards ceremony might look like.

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