CNN prominent in Pres. Trump’s Fake News Awards as New York Times wins top spot

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced his much-anticipated Fake News Awards.  Ten awards were listed according to a post at GOP.com.  Although the New York Times’ Paul Krugman won the top spot, CNN, the outlet seen by many as the least-trusted name in cable news, won four of the ten awards.

As GOP.com said, Krugman, who got the top award, claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic victory that the economy would never recover.

“If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never,” he declared.  Nicholas Fondacaro, however, observed that, “Looking back at this prediction on the day the stock market closed over 26,000 for the first time ever and Apple announced major investments in the U.S. due to the GOP tax cuts it’s easy to see Krugman’s ridiculousness.”

CNN, Fondacaro added, was so sloppy that it garnered four of the awards.

Here’s why, according to GOP.com:

CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.

CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding.

CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”

CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.

ABC News’ Brian Ross won second place with a false report that sent markets in a downward spiral.  In that report, Ross falsely claimed that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn agreed to testify that candidate Trump directed him to contact the Russians, Fondacaro said.  He added: “ABC President James Goldston was so furious that he suspended Ross for a month (over the holidays) and barred him from ever again reporting on Trump.”

Time came in fourth place with its false report that Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.  That report happened just two days into Trump’s presidency, and of course, the entire Democrat-media complex ran with the story before checking the facts.

As we reported, Time reporter Zeke Miller apologized to then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer, but the damage was done.

The New York Times won a second award with a false claim that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.  Fondacaro said the paper claimed the document was leaked to them by people concerned that it might be “suppressed,” but in reality, it had been online for months.

The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel won an award for a deceptive tweet indicating the President’s sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. According to GOP.com, the “dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.”

Newsweek, the outlet that once called former President Barack Obama “god of all things,” won an award for a false report claiming that the Polish First Lady rejected his handshake.

There was an eleventh award, GOP.com said, but it wasn’t given to a specific outlet or reporter.  Instead, it focused entirely on the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory that has driven much of the media’s hatred against the president.

“Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people,” GOP.com said. “THERE IS NO COLLUSION!”

Indeed, 2017 was a year full of fake and misleading reports from the so-called “mainstream media.”  As Newsbusters said, it was a year in which the media declared war on a sitting president.

And it seems that 2018 is going to be even worse, with conspiracy theories and open hatred of the chief executive being passed off as “news.”

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