I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
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 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.
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.
President Trump is the runner-up for "Most-thin Skinned" in CPJ's Press Oppressor Awards—he just couldn't edge out Erdogan. Another one to watch: President Sisi, a runner-up for "Most Outrageous Use of Terror Laws Against the Press." https://t.co/vlrPziiIXG— Avi Asher-Schapiro (@AASchapiro) January 9, 2018
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.
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.
The President will be tweeting his "Most Dishonest" media awards this upcoming Monday, January 17.