Trump's Latest 'Number One' Distinction Is Unsurprising, And Unsettling

Trump's Latest 'Number One' Distinction Is Unsurprising, And Unsettling
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Updated 6 months ago

You may have heard that President Trump is not a fan of the mainstream media.

Not surprisingly, the media isn't a huge fan of Donald Trump either. The Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization that "promotes press freedom and defends the rights of journalists," responded to Trump's tweet.

The U.S. President, aka the "Press Oppressor" of the year.

The CPJ describes several reasons why President Trump deserved recognition for his "Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom." Noting that the United States has, up until this point, been a global beacon for free speech, the organization drew attention to Trump's repeated undermining of fact-based reporting and refusal to pressure repressive world leaders into respecting a free press. 

Authoritarian regimes all over the world have adopted Trump's catchphrase, "fake news," and his administration won't commit to guidelines to protect journalists and their sources.

Though his crimes aren't as heinous as those of the world's most infamous dictators, Trump's position as President of the U.S. makes his every action especially significant. This award places him in the company of authoritarian figures such as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. 

Trump was also the runner-up in the "thin-skinned' category — after Erdoğan.

The CPJ explains why protecting journalists' rights is so important:

CPJ research shows that when public figures and political leaders lob insults at the media, they encourage self-censorship and expose journalists to unnecessary risk.

And, according to the CPJ, Trump's actions have a real impact.

As Trump and other Western powers fail to pressure the world’s most repressive leaders into improving the climate for press freedom, the number of journalists in prison globally is at a record high.

Trump's most recent shots have been against Michael Wolff, author of the new White House exposé Fire & Fury

The President will be tweeting his "Most Dishonest" media awards this upcoming Monday, January 17. 

He has renamed the event his "Fake News Awards," which will surely drive up his ratings among global dictators.