Ultimately, eleven “fake news awards” were handed out by our ridiculous so-called “president” this week. Of course, the majority of these “awards” had little to do with inaccurate reporting, let alone “fake news.” If anything, these “awards” highlighted how ethical most of these networks and news organizations are when it comes to correcting mistakes and holding people accountable for making them.
Let’s just do a quick rundown of this nonsense.
1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.
For starters, this was Krugman’s opinion, not him stating a definitive fact. Furthermore, considering Trump still has at least three years left in office, it’s still very possible that our economy could collapse at some point during that time. Either way, it’s absurd to call the opinion of Paul Krugman “fake news.”
2. ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.
This doesn’t qualify as “fake news” as it was simply a mistake made by Ross in the timeline of his reporting. While I’m not making any excuses for it, there’s a huge difference between a blatant attempt to push out “fake news” and simply making a mistake — a mistake the network quickly corrected and Ross was suspended for making.
3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.
To be fair, this was a mistake on CNN’s part. Though, once again, there’s a massive difference between a mistake and putting out blatantly fake information. It was also a mistake which CNN quickly corrected once they realized their initial reporting was inaccurate.
4. TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.
Yet another example where a reporter didn’t see the bust in the Oval Office, reported that it had been removed, only to later correct their mistake after realizing that a Secret Service agent had been standing in front of it. Though, of course, the correction of this mistake isn’t mentioned in these “awards” because, well, that wouldn’t fit Trump’s agenda.
5. Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.
Once again, another mistake the reporter publicly apologized for that was quickly corrected.
I’m sure by now most everyone reading this is noticing a trend of Trump calling simple mistakes “fake news,” while not informing his supporters that these media entities quickly corrected the information.
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.
There’s actually no proof that CNN edited any video, as they were likely using footage that had been given to them by another source, and later reported that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe poured his box of food in first.
But why let facts get in the way of a ridiculous list meant to pander to supporters who are gullible enough to believe this nonsense?
7. CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”
What’s left out is that three reporters were fired over this mistake and the network issued a public correction. Though, to repeat, there’s a difference between a mistake that’s later (and usually very quickly) corrected, and purposefully pushing out fake news.
8. Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.
This is an instance where Newsweek was given an edited clip that appeared to show Kornhauser-Duda walking past Trump to shake Melania’s hand. However, when a longer clip was released showing she then shook Trump’s hand — wait for it — Newsweek corrected the story.
9. CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.
This is a story where CNN’s sources told them wrong information. Does that make it “fake news?” No. As with mistakes, there’s a difference between sources giving bad information (at which point many credible journalists will probably no longer use them as sources), and a network deliberately pushing out fake news.
10. The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.
While a wrong story, lazy reporting hardly constitutes “fake news.” Of all the items on this list, this is the only one that comes close to qualifying as “fake news” — though it’s really just more about lazy reporting by whoever wrote that story.
11. And last, but not least: “RUSSIA COLLUSION!” Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!
Ah, here we have the main point of Trump’s bullshit “list”: continuing to try to paint the Russia investigations as “fake news.”
Four people tied to Trump have been indicted, with two having plead guilty to lying to the FBI about their communication with Russia; his son met with Russians promising them dirt on Clinton (notice no mention of that as “fake news”); congressional committees, led by Republicans, continue to investigate his campaign’s possible ties to Russia; and Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues to lead an investigation into Trump’s possible ties to Russia that began almost immediately after he fired former director of the FBI James Comey for apparently not giving into his attempts to obstruct justice.
Yet our entertainer-in-chief thinks putting “THERE IS NO COLLUSION!” in all caps somehow makes all the factual news surrounding his campaign’s ties to Russia “fake.”
As I’m sure most people reading this can tell, this list was a complete joke. It’s mostly filled with reporting mistakes that were corrected by legitimate news organizations. Moreover, most of these are non-stories that don’t matter. Paul Krugman’s opinion, feeding coy fish, the handshake, the size of his crowd at one of his rallies, the MLK bust — none of those are significant stories. At best they’re one-day headlines that, in the long run, most people don’t even remember a week later.
When it comes to the multiple people linked to his campaign who’ve been caught lying about their communication with Russians; the four people who’ve been indicted by the FBI (thus far), the Steele dossier; the fact he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes (that he claims are all illegal); his defense of white supremacists in Charlottesville; repeatedly calling a Gold Star widow a liar; referring to Haiti and African countries as “sh*tholes”; the 16 women who’ve accused him of sexual abuse; the allegations his lawyer paid off an adult film star just prior to last year’s election to not speak publicly about their affair; and the on-going dysfunction of his administration — aside from his all caps “THERE IS NO COLLUSION” (provided without any facts to back it up) — this list doesn’t really address many of the major factual stories Trump’s frequently called “fake news.”
Though I’m sure I don’t need to point out the irony of possibly the most dishonest person I’ve ever come across calling other people dishonest.
When you really sit there and think about it, after all the whining Trump’s done about “fake news” and the “dishonest media,” these pathetic examples were the “best” he could find. Out of the thousands and thousands of stories that have been covered over the past year, these eleven, comprised almost entirely of reporting mistakes that were corrected about non-stories that were inconsequential, is the “best” Trump could come up with. Not only does that prove how factually accurate the vast majority of the mainstream media’s coverage of him has been, but the fact that these mistakes were corrected by these various media organizations proves that they’re actually credible.
I’d also like to point out how absurd it is to call this a list of “fake news” while not having anything from Fox News (or any right-wing media publication) because, well, that wouldn’t serve Trump’s purpose. Even though, as I’ve pointed out at length in a previous article, various Fox News hosts have reported many of the same stories he’s complained about being “fake” when other networks report them.
This wasn’t a list about fake news, it was simply Trump’s pathetic attempt to handpick a few reporting mistakes to slander networks and other publications that don’t kiss his ass like the majority of Fox News and the rest of the conservative media does.
At the end of the day, all Donald Trump’s list did was prove how credible most mainstream media sources are when it comes to reporting on this administration. Despite his constant whining about “fake news,” when it got right down to him “exposing” these various networks and publications, the best ten examples he could come up with were almost entirely mistakes that were corrected and a couple of opinions that don’t constitute “fake news” — because they’re clearly opinions. Then he tosses the Russia investigations in as the “worst of all” because he’s so desperate for people to believe him that he has no problem lumping these serious investigations into some bogus list with a bunch of other non-stories.
*UPDATE* One hour after publishing this article with the title “Donald Trump Embarrassed After Farcical ‘Fake News Awards’ Spectacularly Backfire,” several readers alerted us to the fact that there’s no evidence Trump is embarrassed, nor would he ever feel embarrassed for anything he says or does. The title of this article has therefore been updated to reflect that he “should be” embarrassed after a ridiculous stunt like this, but since this “president” is apparently unable to feel any emotion other than “eat” and “screw,” he obviously isn’t embarrassed. Sorry for any “confusion.”