Donald Trump Reveals the Winners of His "Fake News" Awards
The president had been hyping the "awards" for a few weeks, much to the dismay of the media.
On Wednesday evening, after building up anticipation for weeks, President Donald Trump revealed the winners of "The Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards." The winners were announced on the Republican Party's website, and the page promptly crashed.
The top spot went to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman for claiming that the economy would be hurt by Trump's election.
In second place was ABC's Brian Ross, who was suspended by the network for a month after messing up a key detail in a story in early December about one-time national security advisor Michael Flynn. "ABC News' Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report," the commendation reads.
Third place on the list went to CNN and reporter Manu Raju, who corrected an error in his reporting regarding Donald Trump Jr. and Wikileaks.
In fourth place was Time magazine. Early on in the Trump administration, a reporter for the magazine mistakenly reported that a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. was removed from the Oval Office. In reality, his view of the bust was merely obscured. He apologized and quickly set the record straight.
Fifth place went to The Washington Post and blogger Dave Weigel, who Trump criticized in a tweet in early December. Weigel's offending tweet related to the size of the crowd at one of Trump's rallies.
CNN appeared three additional times on the list, The New York Times appeared a second time and Newsweek got one nod.
After listing the "winners," the announcement ticked off examples of the president "getting results."
Trump pushed back the announcement of the awards a few days after he said on Twitter that "the interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated."
Some questioned whether the awards would happen at all. On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called it a "potential event," which some read as a downgrading of its likelihood. But, in her briefing on Wednesday, Sanders said that "there will be something later today." She added, with a smile, "I know you are all waiting to see if you are big winners."