Trump Plans to Announce Awards for 'Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media'

By Susan Jones | January 3, 2018 | 5:43am EST
President Trump held one formal, solo news conference at the White House in 2017, in February. (Photo: Screen grab/C-SPAN)

( - After several years of slamming media bias in his speeches and his tweets, President Donald Trump is about to go a step further.

"I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!" Trump tweeted on Tuesday night.

Trump first aired the idea of a "fake news" contest in November, when he tweeted: "We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!"

Since becoming president, Trump has singled out, often in personal terms, various cable networks and individuals for their coverage of him.

In mid-December, he took on CNN's Don Lemon, tweeting: "I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the 'dumbest man on television!' Bad Reporting."

He's also famously feuded with MSNBC's "Morning Joe" anchors Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, earning their unending scorn. The show now offers daily diatribes on the president's competence and mental state.

In mid-August, Trump told CNN's Jim Acosta he was "fake news" and refused to answer his questions.

A few days ago, on New Year’s Eve, Trump wished "all of my friends, supporters, enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media, a Happy and Healthy New Year."

And the day before, he explained why he tweets so much: "I use Social Media not because I like to, but because it is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair 'press,' now often referred to as Fake News Media. Phony and non-existent 'sources' are being used more often than ever. Many stories & reports a pure fiction!"

On the other hand, Trump often praises Fox News and reacts in real time, via Twitter, to reports and people featured on that network.

On Tuesday, for example, Trump tweeted, "Thank you to Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council for your kind words on how well we are doing at the Border. We will be bringing in more & more of your great folks and will build the desperately needed WALL! @foxandfriends"

That tweet came shortly after Judd appeared on "Fox & Friends."

In offering awards for dishonesty and bad reporting, Trump has plenty of material from which to choose.

As the Media Research Center reported last month, coverage of Trump on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts in September, October and November was 91 percent negative. An MRC study of those news programs in June, July and August found an identical rate of 91 percent negative, "which means TV news is unchanged in its hostility toward the President," the MRC concluded.

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