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Friday, January 05, 2018

What to expect from Trump's Fake News awards

As I twiddle my thumbs waiting for my upcoming book, "Fake News Follies of 2017," to be edited, I notice that the president is presenting his Fake News Awards on Monday at 5 p.m.

Well, based on my yearlong research, here is what to expect.

First, the grand prize winner must be CNN. It received 495 mentions in my book, well ahead of the runner-up New York Times, which received 78 mentions. The Washington Post was third with 55 mentions.

And the winner of the worst reporter of the year has to be Jim Acosta of CNN. Not only does he get 50 mentions in my book, but I devoted a chapter just to him.

The Fake News story of the year comes from CNN (who else?) which posted on June 22, "Congress investigating Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials."

This was the first report by CNN's crack new investigative team, headed by Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas Frank.

This also was the last story from the team. It was libelous. Not only did CNN retract the story but the network got rid of the team.

However, President Trump may go with the discredited Russian dossier story with its pissing prostitutes and all.

Well, that story got more play. I like how the dossier said Trump's lawyer was in Prague in August 2016, only to discover he has never in his lifetime visited the Czech Republic. Oops.

Who broke Russian dossier story?


On January 10, 2017, under the byline of Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, anchor Jake Tapper, and reporters Evan Perez and Jim Sciutto, CNN reported, "Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him."

The next day, Trump held his first press conference in six months, and ignored any questions from CNN.

ACOSTA: “Since you’re attacking our organization, can you give us a question?”
TRUMP: “Not you.”
ACOSTA: “Can you give us a chance?”
TRUMP: “Your organization is terrible.”
ACOSTA: “You’re attacking us, can you give us a question?”
TRUMP: “Quiet.”
ACOSTA: “Mr. President-elect, can you say –”
TRUMP: “Don’t be rude.”

Expect President Trump also to bring up the Fake News about overfeeding koi fish, "promoting" his golf course, and "not knowing" the Japanese assemble cars here.

So tune in Fox News at 5 p.m. Monday if only to look forward to the seeing Melania on the red carpet.

Meanwhile, twiddle, twiddle, twiddle.


Please enjoy my two books about the press and how it missed the rise of Donald Trump.

The first was "Trump the Press," which covered his nomination.

The second was "Trump the Establishment," which covered his election.

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  1. The awards show could take more time than a Jerry Lewis Telethon as there are so many contenders and deserving recipients.

  2. If that's to be the cover of your new book, give the artist a RAISE.

    1. That is the cover and Ben Garrison will help me sell plenty of books. I Trumped the cover -- I hired a good man and trusted him to do it right. He did.

    2. That's a good fit for both of you!

      I've long been an admirer or Ben Garrison's work- he shows it like it is, vividly and with humor!

      (But I can't make out what's on the laptop that the vulture is carrying- maybe the explanation is in the book? I hope so!)

  3. So what exactly is the Award, Don?

    The Golden Croc(k)?


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