Today Donald Trump finally handed out the awards for his “highly anticipated” Fake News winners/losers.
Trump had originally promised to roll out the Awards on Jan. 8 but he later changed the date for what he described as...
"The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!"
Umm, yeah. These would be the "awards" so important that they were roundly ridiculed on late night comedy shows and unceremoniously dubbed "The Fakies".
But the show must go on.
Yet with the announcement of the awards there was no big show or presentation but instead just a link he tweeted out that took those interested in who Trump deemed the "fakeiest" news to the official Republican National Committee website.
When those people arrived at the site it was unfortunately not working... because of course it wasn't.
The site was temporarily offline with a message that remained for at least an hour, informing the viewer...
Eventually, the website booted up and revealed Trump's compilation of “winners”... yay.
Trump’s list of 11 nominees was a underwhelming collection of journalistic errors and reporter's mistakes, mostly acknowledged and retracted.
Here is a list of the “awards” for Trump's top FAKE NEWS AWARD WINNERS as they appeared on the RNC website *and a short description of how actually went down...
1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.
This short op-ed was a prediction, not a report.
2. ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.
ABC News botching a report that Donald Trump had directed Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russians. Ross later issued a clarification and ABC News followed up with a full apology
Ross was then suspended from ABC News for four weeks.
3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.
CNN initially reported that Donald Trump Jr. received an email from Wikileaks about hacked DNC documents on September 4 implying that he had advance notice of their release online. In actuality Trump Jr. actually received that email on September 14, the day after the cache was posted online. Either way Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.
4. TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.
Time reporter Zeke Miller initially reported that the bust was gone, but followed up quickly with a correction and an apology.
5. Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty.
Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel tweeted a picture that underestimated the crowd for Trump’s rally in Pensacola on his personal account. Weigel deleted the initial tweet saying “it was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for the Washington Post.”
6. CNN FALSELY edited 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.
Videos and photos of Trump dumping an entire box of food into a koi pond circulated widely on social media and were picked up by the media before fact-checkers pointed out that the full video disproved the notion that Trump committed a faux pas.
7. CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”
CNN forced three reporters and editors to resigned as a result, including the executive editor in charge of investigations.
8. Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.
The reporting came form a video clip showing that the Polish first lady eventually shook Trump’s hand after shaking Melania’s first. Newsweek updated its story within three hours with a correction.
9. CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.
CNN was apparently incorrect, and the story was corrected and updated after publication.
10. The New York Times claim that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.
Sorry, the Times reporters never claimed the Trump administration had suppressed the report only that the scientists were afraid they would.
11. And last, but not least: "RUSSIA COLLUSION!" Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!
I'l wait and see what Special Counsel Mueller has to say about that.
Wow, what a paltry line up. If that's represents all that Trump and his pals over at the RNC can come up with perhaps they should take a look back at the lies they told about President Obama over his eight years in the Oval Office.