Trump Issues His “Fake News Awards”

The New York Times reports:

President Trump — who gleefully questioned President Barack Obama’s birthplace for years without evidence, long insisted on the guilt of the Central Park Five despite exonerating proof and claimed that millions of illegal ballots cost him the popular vote in 2016 — wanted to have a word with the American public about accuracy in reporting.

On Wednesday, after weeks of shifting deadlines, and cryptic clues, Mr. Trump released his long-promised “Fake News Awards,” an anti-media project that had alarmed advocates of press freedom and heartened his political base. “And the FAKE NEWS winners are …,” he wrote on Twitter at 8 p.m.

The message linked, at first, to a malfunctioning page on, the Republican National Committee website. An error screen read: “The site is temporarily offline, we are working to bring it back up. Please try back later.”

When the page came back online less than an hour later, it resembled a Republican Party news release. Headlined “The Highly Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards” and attributed to “Team GOP,” it included a list of Trump administration accomplishments and jabs at news organizations presented in the form of an 11-point list.

The Washington Post reports:

The big winner — though of what it was unclear — was New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman, who predicted in 2016 that the stock market would be decimated by Trump’s electoral victory. That column turned out to be very wrong — the stock market has been sizzling for the past year, as Trump has repeatedly noted.

But Krugman’s errant call was both an opinion and a prediction, rather than news reporting, calling into question whether it belonged on a list intended to highlight, as Trump put it on Twitter, “the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media.”

Another of his winners on Wednesday was Washington Post reporter David Weigel, who inaccurately — or “FALSELY,” in the awards’ all-caps characterization — questioned in a tweet whether Trump had drawn a so-so crowd to one of his rallies in December. Weigel deleted the tweet shortly after he learned that the photos he saw were taken some time before the rally began; he also apologized for his inaccuracy.

Read a full fact-checking of the “winners” here.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Joel Nathan

      Wikileaks still tries to tout the “perfect verification record” marketing ploy? Remember when one of their email dumps turned out to lead to a malware site that infected thousands? They certainly don’t want us to remember that one.

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    Nice to know he’s found a productive use of his time in office and the salary we taxpayers are paying, whether or not he donates a nickle to charity.

    • Blake Mason

      He did this on “executive time” which means he is getting the most done for the American people.

      • Mark Née Fuzz

        IOW on the shitter with his pants around his ankles.

    • clay

      Really? You don’t think Stephen Miller had to put this together for him?

    • jerry

      I think he’s already been paid more than all 44 previous presidents combined. He made a show, previously, that he was going to donate the salary, but I’ve not seen any follow up. But even if he did, he’s still receiving payment each weekend from room/golf cart rentals etc. when the staff and secret service follow him to his properties.

  • AtticusP

    Jesus Christ. At least President Obama was born on planet earth. I can’t say the same for the orange sphincter.

  • Stogiebear

    Ah, how I’ve longed for such gravitas from the Oval Office. Making America Great Again one coveted award at a time.

    • Card

      Coveted or covfefed award?

      • Stogiebear

        potato . . .

  • Boreal
  • He’s not dead yet?

    • pj

      sadly hes passed his physical with flying colors except for the heart condition.

  • Rex

    I’m truly embarrassed to call myself an American right now. The biggest “fake news” was Trump’s proclamation that he would Make America Great Again.

    • When exactly did we stop being great anyway? I mean, before he “won”.

      • Todd20036

        When the GOP decided to go full blown Nazi, and not even pretend to work with Obama.

      • clay

        Would have had to have been before the stalemate on the Korean peninsula, before women were fully recognized in the US military, and before consumer protection laws. Trump wishes he could get credit for rural electrification . . . so . . .

        about a generation before Trump was born. And that’s his desired point in time.

        • David Walker

          He may not have generated electricity, but he certainly generated the resurgence of hate.

      • ETownCanuck

        Right around the time that European settler’s first arrived circa 1607.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        When most of America only saw Brown people on TV

        • David Walker

          …and then only if the character’s last name was Brown.

    • (((GC)))

      Only in the sense Daryl Davis explained, the same sense as the Klan used: their precious little white boys and girls wouldn’t have to go to school with little “n-words”.

      ETA: Ta-Nehisi Coates expounds on Popular Vote Loser Dolt 45* owing his entire political existence to systemic racism, and backlash against a successful black president, in “The First White President”:
      (contains a few judicious n-words)

  • JT

    Flush this piece of shit down the toilet of history.

  • Tawreos

    He can’t stop giving fake news when even when he is announcing fake news awards.

  • Combine this with Pence’s statement against the gay Olympian, and you have the bigliest tantrum from the world’s biggest fucking baby bullshit administration.
    At least he’s #1 in that regard.

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      I missed that, do I really want to read Pence’s thought on that issue?

      I think I’ll keep missing it. 🙂

  • Blake Mason

    This is the President of the United States of America… let that sink in for a moment.

    • leastyebejudged

      And people will still regard the office and the government in general as legitimate.

      Let THAT sink in.

    • Personally, I do not recognize it as being president but more like usurper in chief. The malaise I have felt since November 2016 is never ending and emotionally draining. When will we leave the Twilight Zone and return from The Outer Limits?

    • clay

      And Mitch McConnell still acts out the unitary executive idea of Dick Cheney… let that sink in for a moment.

  • Stogiebear

    I can hardly wait for the Donald J. Trump Memorial Presidential Library and Golf Club. Hopefully they’ll begin breaking ground by summer.

  • Rex

    The government is on the brink of shutting down and this is how Trump spends his time. SMH.

  • HKDaniel

    Read the linked list.
    It’s a bunch of no-impact stories that WERE errors but all were quickly corrected and where due, the offending reporters were disciplined.

    There’s no substance there, and the last claim is woefully premature.

    • “There’s no substance there, and the last claim is woefully premature.”

      Is this a quote from Stormy Daniels about trumP’s ejaculations?

  • Karl Dubhe 2

    The only time I’ll click on a Trump site is to give them feedback on how incompetent he is. I don’t care what the man says about the media, I’ve seen the papers make corrections; I’ve never heard of Trump doing so without a threat or the reality of a lawsuit.

  • olandp

    Could all of this be because the Dotard doesn’t really know what news is?

    • Tulle Christensen

      He also does not know what fake is. for that he would have to be self aware

  • Bluto
  • GayOldLady

    And the winner is….Liar of the Century – Donald J. Trump

    1. I will repeal Obamacare on day 1
    2. Mexicans are rapists
    3. I will build a great wall along the border with Mexico
    4. Mexico will pay for the wall
    5. I will deliver better more affordable healthcare
    6. I will fix our tax system so that you can do your taxes on a postcard
    7. I will not personally benefit from changes to our income tax system
    8. I will not hurt DACA recipients
    9. I have no business interests in Russia
    10. No one on my campaign or my administration has talked to Russia
    11. I did not sexually assault those 19 women
    12. I did not collude with Russia
    13. No one in my campaign or my administration colluded with Russia
    14. I had the biggest crowd of any President EVER at my inauguration
    15. Barack Obama wasn’t born in America
    16. I am brilliant
    17. I was one of the great athletes, great at everything I did
    18. I have one of the great memories of all time
    19. I graduated with honors
    20. I’m in great health

    (and this is the short list)

  • WTHella

    Seems like a distraction attempt from the Stormy Daniels story.

    • GayOldLady

      There are likely many, many more Stormy Daniels stories all suppressed due to non-disclosure agreements.

      • William

        His lawyers can’t try to enforce an NDA with Trump in office. All of these women should come forward.

  • DaddyRay
  • ChrisInKansas

    Why would ANY reputable news agency report on this nonsense? Nothing would make Trump more upset than to find no mention of his “genius” anywhere.

  • Michael

    Was there one about height and weight?

  • Mike

    What an asshole.

  • DaveMiller135

    Any time I read Trump calling something “Fake News,” I know he’s lying. It’s not as efficient a system as reporters researching and fact checking, but it works in its own way.

    • prixator

      You can also count on anything before or after his utterance of “believe me” to be a lie.

      Hell, it’s easier to assume everything he says is a lie unless proven otherwise.

  • TexasBoy

    Someone needs to make a gif of Trump’s finger twirling in the “I’m nuttier than a fruitcake” gesture.

  • JWC

    focus on doing your job asshole…oh wait you have no clue what that is

  • bzrd

    O/T This Saturday 20 Jan. Women’s march
    look for locations on
    Michael Moore’s Resistance Calendar

  • GanymedeRenard

    When will this orange turd release his tax returns? Keep waiting.

  • David

    Dumb. So dumb.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • KnownDonorDad

    When you remember where the term Lügenpresse was popularized, this is especially chilling.

  • I hadn’t seen who the winners were. Just tweets from people who weren’t even nominated faux-complaining. Some of them really did put in an effort too. Oh well, there’s always next year!