Breakdown: Trump's 'Fake News' awards - what would yours be?


What would you add to this list of alleged “fake news” – go to EDIT or TALK

President Donald J. Trump launched a fresh salvo in his long-running criticism of the press by handing out his “fake news awards,” highlighting allegedly biased and inaccurate reporting by mainstream media.

The sarcastic accolades naturally divided opinion, with praise from Trump supporters and alarm from critics. Arguably, Trump’s running theme that certain news outlets deliberately peddle falsehoods encourages mistrust of the media and press repression.

Trump highlighted the following stories to support his claim that the media is against him, and that they are responsible for any criticisms they get.

  • Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman predicted in the New York Times that the U.S. economy would never recover from Trump’s presidency, yet the Dow Jones Industrial Average went to record highs.
    • Krugman did write that the fragile economy would never recover from the damage of a Trump presidency, in a piece reacting to the 2016 election.
    • This was not a news piece, but commentary. Krugman’s defenders would also point out that he was laying out broad predictions, which is not an exact science.
  • On December 1 2017, news channel ABC carried a report stating that Trump directed former national security adviser Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russian government when he was presidential candidate.
    •  ABC retracted the report and suspended chief executive reporter Brian Ross, clarifying that Trump had requested contact be made when he was President-elect.
    • The retraction meant that ABC’s coverage was in-line with other mainstream media. Flynn admitted that he had made contact with Russian officials and had lied about this to the FBI.
  • CNN “falsely” reported that Trump and his son Donald Jr. had access to files obtained by WikiLeaks, before they were released.
    • CNN corrected the report, as the correspondence between Trump and WikiLeaks occured on September 14 2016, not September 4. This meant that when WikiLeaks offered the documents to Trump, they had already been made public.
    • Trump Jr. later released his private Twitter correspondence with WikiLeaks.
  • Time reported that Trump had removed a bust of Martin Luther King from the Oval Office.
    • Time’s then-White House reporter Zeke Miller included this detail in a story about Obamacare repeal on January 20 2017. The White House refuted the report and it was corrected, with Miller taking full responsibility.
    • Time issued a statement on January 24 2017, apologizing for the error but denying that it was an instance of “deliberate false reporting.”
  • The Washington Post “falsely reported” that a Trump rally in Florida was empty.
    • Post reporter Dave Weigel tweeted a picture of an empty arena, with a sarcastic quote about it being “packed to the rafters.”
    • Trump himself took issue with Weigel’s tweet and pointed out that the photo was taken before most attendees had been allowed into the arena.
    • Weigel apologized and deleted the tweet (Washington Post).
  • CNN edited a video to make it look like Trump “defiantly overfed” fish during a visit to Japan.
    • A brief clip of Trump emptying a box of fish food into a pond, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appearing to laugh, went viral on social media. The clip did not show Abe doing the same thing moments before, with Trump following his example.
    • CNN‘s story about the event did say that Abe did the same thing moments before, but appeared to invite ridicule by saying in the headline that “Trump winds up pouring entire box of food into koi pond.”
  • CNN “falsely reported” about Anthony Scaramucci, briefly White House Communications director, meeting with a Russian official.
    • CNN reported that lawmakers were concerned over a meeting Scaramucci had with the head of a Russian investment fund, while Trump was President-elect, citing an unnamed source.
    • Scaramucci refuted the story and CNN removed it. In a statement the network said it did not believe it to be false but that it did not meet editorial standards and there had been a failure of procedure.
    • Three journalists who reported the story, including the head of CNN’s investigative unit, resigned.
  • Newsweek “falsely” reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda refused to shake Trump’s hand.
    • Newsweek published a story saying that Trump’s proferred handshake was “rejected by Polish First Lady in hilariously awkward exchange.”
    • The “awards” show a picture of Trump and Kornhauser-Duda shaking hands, to refute Newsweek‘s story.
    • In an article published January 18, following the awards, Newsweek stood by its reporting, linking back to the story and video, which is up to viewers’ interpretation.
  • CNN reported that former FBI Director James Comey would testify that he never told Trump he was not under investigation.
    • CNN did report this, which contradicted multiple assertions by Trump that Comey had assured him he was not under investigation
    • CNN retracted the story, clarifying that Comey was unlikely to say that Trump had never been told that he was not under investigation.
    • Comey confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee, as reported by CNN, that he “offered the assurance” when pressed by Trump on the subject.
  • The New York Times reported that Trump’s administration had hidden a climate change report.
    • The Times ran a story on the front page of its paper edition, and online, saying that climate scientists were concerned that the administration might suppress evidence of climate change. It also claimed to be publishing a climate science report for the first time.
    • The latter part of this story was not true as the report in question had been available, for several months, and had been reported by the Washington Post. The Times issued a correction, but it pointed out that the story did not specifically say that the administration had suppressed that report.
  • “THERE IS NO COLLUSION,” Trump said in the awards release, referring to widespread suspicion of collusion between Trump’s election campaign and the Russian government.
    • The United States Department of Justice is currently conducting an inquiry into any links between Trump’s campaign team and the Russian government.
    • Donald Trump Jr. has publicly stated that he, Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner met a Russian government-linked lawyer in Trump Tower in New York during the campaign. They discussed Russia’s barring of Americans from adopting Russian children, a prohibition Putin imposed in response to U.S. sanctions on high-profile government figures in Russia.

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