President Trump Releases 'Fake News Awards,' GOP Website Crashes
At 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, President Donald Trump tweeted the winners of his "FAKE NEWS Awards." His tweet directed followers to a page on the Republican Party website (GOP.com), and the page crashed shortly after.
Even so, PJ Media still accessed the award "winners" — and those Trump said were real winners.
Here is the list:
1. The New York Times' Paul Krugman
"The New York Times' Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump's historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover," the article, written by the GOP team, reported. Trump's victory was not a "landslide." He won 304 votes in the Electoral College to Clinton's 227 votes, and he took key states by razor-thin margins. Clinton won the popular vote 48.2 percent to Trump's 46.1 percent, but Trump still won fair and square, by the rules of the game.
As for the economy, it did not take a hit from Trump's win, so Krugman's prediction was "fake news."
2. ABC News' Brian Ross
"ABC News' Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report," the GOP team reported. Ross gave his report on December 1, saying that retired General Michael Flynn would testify that Donald Trump had ordered him to make contact with the Russians about foreign policy while he was still a candidate.
Indeed, the Dow Industrial Average dipped shortly after Ross's report, until it was proven false.
What? CNN in third place? Now, that's "fake news." The network won the bronze trophy for "FALSELY" reporting "that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks."
Indeed, CNN reported that Donald Trump Jr. received an email with links to the WikiLeaks archive from the hack on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on September 4, 2016 — before WikiLeaks published the emails. In reality, the email was sent on September 14, after the story went public. A well-deserved "fake news" award.
4. Time Magazine
"TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office," GOP staff wrote. The award did not mention Zeke Miller, the Time reporter who wrote the story, even though Trump did mention him by name last January after the false story was published.
5. The Washington Post
As with the Time story, the GOP did not name the reporter in this case. "Washington Post FALSELY reported the President's massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in."