Trump Says He Will Announce Fake News Awards

By Jasper Fakkert

President Donald Trump said that he will be announcing the “most dishonest & corrupt media awards” on Monday, Jan. 8.

Trump has been a frequent critic of inaccurate and fake reporting by major news organizations.

“Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

In November, Trump had suggested on Twitter that there should be a contest for a Fake news trophy.

“We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY,” Trump wrote on Nov. 27.

Research published by Pew Research Center in October found that only five percent of media coverage on Trump’s first 100 days in office was positive.

The finding was based on a Pew Research Center analysis of 3,000 stories from 24 different media outlets.

It found that reporting on Trump has been the most negative compared to other presidents over the past 25 years.

Sixty-two percent of stories on Trump were negative, and 33 percent were neither positive nor negative.

By comparison, coverage of President Barack Obama during his first 100 days in office was 42 percent positive and 20 percent negative. For President George W. Bush, the number was 22 percent positive and 28 percent negative. And for President Bill Clinton, it was 27 percent positive and 28 percent negative.

The study also revealed that most media coverage of Trump focused on his character traits rather than his policies.

Only 31 percent of all stories published on Trump focused on policy issues, compared to 50 percent for Obama, 65 percent for Bush, and 58 percent for Clinton.

“The evaluations of President Trump were far more negative and less positive than those of his predecessors,” wrote the Pew Research Center.

 

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