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CNN nabs four of Trump's 10 'Fake News' awards

Posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Tonight, Donald Trump released his top 10 favorite "fake news" stories of the past year on the website, which promptly crashed.

His definition of "fake news" on the large part has been news unflattering to him but there have been actual cases of mistakes that news services have made, though in the case of No. 1, it was a columnist making a prediction that didn't come true: Paul Krugman of the New York Times believed the stock market would "tank" after his election but in reality, the Dow Jones and Nasdaq exchanges skyrocketed.

Four of the "awards" were bestowed upon Atlanta-based CNN and this is how he described each one:

3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.

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6. CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding.

7. CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.” (This led CNN to fire three of its employees, citing a break in the proper editing process at CNN.)

9. CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.

Read the rest here. 

Trump also used the occasion to highlight the strong economy, low unemployment, reduced regulations, his tax cut bill, ISIS losing steam, recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel and appointing Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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