The US President has a tumultuous relationship with the media
US President Donald Trump has revealed the winners of the inaugural ‘Fake News Awards’.
The reality TV star turned leader of the free world took to Twitter on January 3 to announce the impending “MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR”, which promised to “cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media”. He later pushed the reveal back, claiming “the interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!”
Now, the winners (or ‘losers’) of his Fake News Awards have at last been revealed. The reveal was uploaded to the Republican Party website, which promptly crashed.
The top five is listed thus:
- New York Times columnist Paul Krugma, who claimed the economy would be hurt by Trump’s election.
- ABC‘s Brian Ross, who was suspended from the network for a month after messing up a detail in a story about former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
- CNN reporter Manu Raju, who had to make a correction following a report about Donald Trump Jr. and Wikileaks.
- TIME Magazine, who reported that Donald Trump had removed a bust of Martin Luther King Jr from the Oval Office – it was later confirmed that the bust was only obscured.
- The Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel, who criticised Trump and made disparaging comments about the size of the crowd at one of his rallies.
Donald Trump recently cancelled his visit to the UK, amid fears that he would be met with huge protests.
The US President was due to visit London next month to open the new American Embassy, which is situated on the banks of the River Thames.
But he has now confirmed that the visit will no longer go ahead, although he made no reference to whether potential protests had coloured his decision.
“Reason I cancelled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars”, Trump wrote on Twitter.