President Donald Trump unveiled his fake news awards Wednesday night with four prizes to CNN, two to The New York Times and one each for ABC News, Newsweek, Time magazine, and The Washington Post.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) January 18, 2018
The awards to CNN included falsely reporting “that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks,” along with editing “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 other two awards to CNN were for retracting a story about Anthony Scaramucci and reporting that “former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.”
The New York Times’ awards included a column written by Paul Krugman who “claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover,” and for claiming “on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.”
ABC News’ award was given to reporter Brian Ross for misreporting key details regarding former national security advisor Mike Flynn, which subsequently caused the stock market drop.
Newsweek’s award was given out for a false report “that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand,” while Time’s was given out for falsely reporting that the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. was taken out of the oval office when Trump was inaugurated.
The Washington Post’s award stemmed from a tweet by a reporter insinuating that the “President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty,” while in fact the Post journalist had tweeted out a photo taken well before the crowd arrived.