So, Are Trump’s Fake News Awards Actually Happening?


President Donald Trump first announced after the new year, in a baffling tweet, that he would hold “THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR” to honor the “Fake News Media” in “various categories.”

Without offering any elaboration, Trump eventually pushed back the date of his proposed awards, and the new date he set was January 17 — which happens to be today.

Since announcing them, the White House has given little details as to what the “Fake News Awards” will consist of, and hasn’t really confirmed that the awards are actually going to take place.

That led your humble reporters at Mediaite to assume that Trump was going to barrel through another self-imposed deadline and push off his awards off indefinitely — a wise move considering his White House is currently entrenched in a controversy of shithole proportions. But alas, the Trump White House is not typically known for doing the wise thing.

Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah appeared on Fox News on Wednesday and told Harris Faulkner that the White House is “very excited about the Fake News Awards.”

“You have to stay tuned. I know there has been excitement for weeks now,” Shah said. “Few more hours there will be an announcement a little bit later. I don’t want to get ahead of it.”

In Wednesday’s press briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was a little more taciturn than her giddy deputy, but promised some sort of event later in the afternoon.

So it appears the awards are going forward after all. That’s despite Sen. Jeff Flake railing against the president in a powerful speech on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, slamming him for his “assaults” on the press, and condemning his “fake news” rhetoric for inspiring dictators.

Another Republican from Arizona condemned Trump for his attacks on the media ahead of his planned awards: Sen. John McCain.

The Senate veteran penned an op-ed for the Washington Post titled: Mr. President, stop attacking the press.

Meanwhile, the Post reported last week that according to their fact checker, Trump has made more than 2,000 false or misleading claims in his first year in office.

Check back on Mediaite for updates on Trump’s big awards!

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