President Donald Trump tweeted a link to his so-called
“Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards.”
The linked website was not loading for many
A cached version of the website showed that it featured
a poll for visitors to select the “winners.”
The independent, nonpartisan Committee to Protect
Journalists, responded by listing its “Press Oppressors”
awards, naming Trump “the most thin-skinned leader.”
A Washington Post analysis published on January 2 found
that Trump made 1,950 false or misleading claims in his first
347 days in office.
President Donald Trump teased a website announcing so-called
“fake news winners,” but the website, hosted by the Republican
National Committee, went offline almost immediately and displayed
several different errors.
“And the FAKE NEWS winners are…,” Trump tweeted with a link to the website on
The website displayed the following messages upon loading: “The
site is temporarily offline, we are working to bring it back up.
Please try back later,” and “Don’t worry, we’re making it great
again. Start here.”
the stunt earlier this month. The right-leaning polling firm,
Rusmussen — a favorite of Trump’s — found
the winner of that “fake news award” would be Fox News,
Trump’s favorite network.
Links to cached versions of the website were shared on social
media Wednesday night. Instead of announcing a pre-determined
winner, the cached website appeared to be a poll asking visitors
to choose a “winner.”
Several news organizations, including National Public Radio, The
New York Times, BuzzFeed, and Fox News, were listed in the poll.
The Republican National Committee seemed to
acknowledge its role in the stunt, saying in a tweet:
“Tonight, [the GOP] saw more traffic than ever before. Even
though the servers were scaled up, the interest was even greater
than anticipated. Traffic is off the charts. Come back soon,” the
As the evening progressed, the website was updated with a ranking
of news organizations that the Republican National Committee
objected to. The Republican National Committee also provided an
article it found questionable from that particular news
organization, some of which were later corrected by the
Trump’s announcement was met with some chagrin in light of
a Washington Post analysis published on January 2 that found
the president made 1,950 false or misleading claims in his first
347 days in office.
Journalism organizations like the independent, nonpartisan
Committee to Protect Journalists, responded by listing its “Press
Oppressors” awards — a list of world leaders who seek to
restrict, and in some cases persecute, reporters. The CPJ
recognized Trump as “the most thin-skinned” leader and gave
him the “Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom”
The organization listed the US president among dictators like the
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was given the award
for “Most Outrageous Use of Terror Laws Against the Press”.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt received the same
Read the Committee to Protect Journalists’ entire thread below:
After announcing the “awards,” Trump later tweeted in support of what he
called “great reporters” and “good news,” without listing any