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Trump postpones 'fake news awards', to be presented on Jan 17

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US today postponed until January 17 his much-talked-about ' awards' to be presented to the "most corrupt and biased" American for its "dishonesty and bad reporting".

The awards were supposed to be given today, but Trump upon his return from the presidential retreat yesterday tweeted about the new date for one-of its-kind awards to be given to the several

"The Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday," he tweeted.

"The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!" he said.

Trump has been at loggerheads with several US mainstream media outlets, including the CNN, ABC News, and the Post among others.

He has quite often described these popular as "fake" media.

The term is now popularly related to with which one does not agree with.

On January 2, Trump had announced that he would give away the awards to for "dishonesty and bad reporting".

"I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o'clock. This would be one of its by the US Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake Stay tuned!" he had tweeted.

In November, he tweeted about a competition among news networks for the 'Trophy', excluding the

"We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favourite (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!," he tweeted on November 27.

In an email to supporters of the president on December 28, the Trump campaign had sought nomination for the 'of Fake News' trophy.

"At President Trump's request, we are holding a contest to name the 2017 of Fake News. And we want to hear from you," it said.

"has utterly abandoned their duty to fairly report the news to the American people. Some journalists and liberal pundits think that Americans are too stupid to see through their amateur efforts to manipulate public opinion, but THEY'RE WRONG," it said.

Noting that Americans are sick and tired of being lied to, insulted and treated with outright condescension, the Trump Campaign had said "That's why is crowning the 2017 OF FAKE NEWS before the end of the year".

"There's no point in pretending that some journalists are anything more than peddlers of falsehoods and liberal propaganda," it said.

As per the Trump Campaign list, the competition for 'King of Fake news' is between three news organisations.

""MISTAKENLY" reported that candidate Trump directed to make contact with Russian officials before the election," it said.

"'MISTAKENLY' reported that candidate and his son Donald J Trump, had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks," it wrote.

"TIME 'MISTAKENLY' reported that removed a bust of Martin Luther King, from the Office," the Trump Campaign said, as it asked the participants to "let the President know if there is another story you think should be crowned as the 2017 KING of Fake News".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 10:35 IST