Accuracy in Media

President Trump tweeted Tuesday that he will announce the winners of the “fake news media” awards on Monday afternoon.

Last month the “Trump Make America Great Again Committee,” a joint project of the RNC and Trump presidential campaign sent an email to supporters to vote for the top “fake news” story of the year or suggest their own.

The campaign nominated the following stories for the award;

  • ABC News incorrectly claiming Trump ordered Michael Flynn to contact Russian officials while a candidate. He actually did this as president-elect. Reporter Brian Ross was suspended for his flawed report.
  • CNN claiming Trump and Trump Jr. were given access to WikiLeaks documents. This was actually publicly available information.  CNN later corrected the story.
  • TIME reporting that a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. was removed from the Oval Office by Trump. TIME corrected that story after a White House aide confirmed that the bust was still in the Oval Office.  The reporter also apologized.

UPDATE:  President Trump announced that the awards will now be handed out on January 17.

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