Press Freedom Group Taunts Trump With 'press Oppressors Awards'

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The “pretend information” should share the highlight with the thin-skinned. 

The Committee to Defend Journalists took a jab at President Trump on Friday afternoon, saying that it’ll give out awards for the world’s worst “press oppressors” on the identical day that Trump plans to crown this 12 months’s “most dishonest” reporters.

“CPJ might be saying THE GLOBAL PRESS OPPRESSORS AWARDS on Monday at 5:00pm,” the press freedom-promoting group tweeted. “Topics will cowl Thinnest Skinned & Outrageous Use of Legal guidelines, in numerous classes for world leaders. Keep tuned!”

The scathing announcement adopted the format of a tweet Trump fired off earlier this week by which he introduced that he’ll give out “THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR” — additionally on Monday at 5 p.m.

“Topics will cowl Dishonesty & Unhealthy Reporting in numerous classes from the Faux Information Media. Keep tuned!” Trump tweeted.

Critics ridiculed the awards announcement as surreal and outright asinine, and quite a lot of late evening comedians pounced on it with seething sarcasm.

Late Present host Stephen Colbert took it a step additional and bought an enormous billboard in Instances Sq. for the event.

“Pricey Mr. President, on your consideration,” learn the black-and-white billboard, which inspired Trump to think about Colbert for such dishonorable awards as “least Breitbarty,” “Fakest Dishonesty” and “Corruptest Fakeness.”

However whereas some took Trump’s tweet with a tongue-in-cheek strategy, others careworn the problematic nature of an American President repeatedly attacking information shops.

“That is simply plain fallacious,” a spokeswoman for the Press Freedoms Advocate tweeted in response to a transcript of reporters asking a White Home spokeswoman about Trump’s awards ceremony. “No member of the WH press corps ought to normalizing pretend information awards.”

Trump has a historical past of blasting data he does not like as “pretend information,” and infrequently makes use of his Twitter deal with to assault information shops comparable to CNN, the New York Instances and the Washington Publish. First Modification proponents have expressed concern about Trump’s habits, evaluating it to that of authoritarian leaders intent on quashing press freedoms.

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