A synopsis of the GOP’s Fake News Awards


A lot of the media has been labeled as "fake". Throughout the Trump Presidency, he has put this front and foremost as a social issue.

Although it lacked the glamour and high profile guests of most award shows, the Fake News Awards drew quite the crowd. On Jan. 17, the president tweeted that the results were in, along with a link to the GOP website, which promptly crashed due to high demand.

In first place came The New York Times’ Paul Krugman for his prediction that the stock market would tank significantly after Trump was elected. It makes sense that the president would want to draw attention to the surge in the stock market. However, Krugman wrote a story three days after the original retracting his prediction and saying “it is possible that bigger budget deficits will, if anything, strengthen the economy briefly.”

“It just sort of seems like the awards were actually the fake part,” senior Jake Huckabee said.

Among other winners, the Whitehouse quoted tweets from The New York Times and the Washington Post which were only up for a brief period of time and then quickly deleted and were never printed as news. Furthermore, the reporters who wrote the tweets rapidly apologized after both tweets were originally written.

The final award went to what seems to be any reporting done on the Russia investigation. According to the Whitehouse, “Russia collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American People.” So, as most news networks have reported on the investigation, they are all now encompassed in “fake news”.

“It’s just weird because the Russia investigation isn’t even over yet,” junior Rosy Kharabi said. “I think it’s pretty serious when the president of the united states is being investigated, I don’t think that’s fake news.”

Many presidents throughout the history of the United States have complained about their media coverage, but none have put it as center stage as Trump has in his first year of presidency.

“It’s very entertaining to see how both Trump and the American people react to what’s considered fake news,” senior Emma Taney said.

Many speculate that Trump’s obsession with coverage is because of his lifelong career made of being both in front of and behind the camera. It seems almost contradictory that he would come after media outlets so harshly when much of his fortune could be contributed to them, whether through commercials, his game show or being hosted on late night TV.

“I feel like our society is kind of built on media and if the reputability of that is taken away, I’m not really sure where we go from there,” Huckabee said. “It’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not, it all depends on the side you take.”