We fantasize how it all went down. While hanging in the Oval Office strategizing to deflect the heat off the investigation into Russian collusion by the Trump campaign, someone (Sarah Huckabee Sanders- We're pretending!) flippantly muttered, "We should hold a "fake news" awards show." Before anyone could grab his phone, Trump tweeted the announcement. Now they were stuck following through with the sh*tshow.
It failed bigley, and people noticed.
Jimmy Kimmel took aim at the failed attempt by the White House to shame news outlets that aren't Fox and Friends. Kimmel had a mock acceptance speech by "Wolf Blitzer" played by Jimmy's dad taking the "Most Dishonest and Corrupt Media Award." While holding a trophy of a child's fist flipping the bird, "Blitzer" said:
"First I want to thank our fake news writers, who tirelessly made up brilliant bullshit all year long. I want to thank our special effects team who made it look like the president threw paper towels at Puerto Ricans."
Kimmel wasn't the only one trolling Trump on his bad idea.
Trump and the RNC focused on rolling out Fake News Awards instead of negotiating to avoid a shutdown.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) January 18, 2018
Very cool, very presidential.
People were upset at this waste of time and clapped back at Trump.
The #FakeNewsAwards is one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen a president do. Not only is he attacking free press, he's trying to make a joke out of him doing so. These BS awards are tasteless, classless & dangerous. Trump proves once again he isn't fit for anything.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 18, 2018
We laugh about the #FakeNewsAwards but it is in fact quite terrifying and chilling. This is what happens in dictatorships and fascist regimes. Facts, language, truth and ultimately the press become hijacked to serve power, not question it or hold it accountable.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) January 18, 2018
The GOP website posting Trump's "fake news awards" shows the party is complicit in his attacks on the free press and those who would hold him accountable.— Dr. DaShanne Stokes (@DaShanneStokes) January 18, 2018
Everything Trump says should be treated as propaganda until independently fact-checked.#resist #trump #FakeNewsAwards
The ACLU sent out a list of times Trump has gone after the 1st Amendment.
Are we still laughing?