Washington : US President Donald Trump has escalated his attack on the media by announcing the ‘Fake News Awards’ for “very corrupt and dishonest” coverage, with a report in The New York Times topping the list.
Trump had coined the term ‘Fake News’ during his presidential campaign, targeting media houses for “biased” news.
The president used Twitter to announce “the winners” of the unique awards. The list of “winners” was also displayed on the Republican National Committee’s website, which crashed soon after the awards were announced.
Much of the list centered around coverage of stories on the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. Trump has dismissed the inquiry as “fake news”. “2017 was a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even downright fake news. Studies have shown that over 90 per cent of the media’s coverage of President Trump is negative,” the list said.
McCain tells Trump to ‘stop attacking press’
Washington DC: Republican Senator John McCain has called on United States President Donald Trump to cease his attacks on the American press. The Arizona Republican calls the Trump administration’s attitude towards the press “inconsistent at best and hypocritical at worst,” in Tuesday’s op-ed published in the Washington Post, reports CNN.
“He has threatened to continue his attempt to discredit the free press by bestowing ‘fake news awards’ upon reporters and news outlets whose coverage he disagrees with,” McCain wrote. “Whether Trump knows it or not, these efforts are being closely watched by foreign leaders who are already using his words as cover as they silence and shutter one of the key pillars of democracy,” he wrote.
“While administration officials often condemn violence against reporters abroad, Trump continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets. This has provided cover for repressive regimes to follow suit,” he added.”For decades, dissidents and human rights advocates have relied on independent investigations into government corruption to further their fight for freedom,” McCain penned, “But constant cries of ‘fake news’ undercut this type of reporting and strip activists of one of their most powerful tools of dissent.”
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