Trump says will announce 'Most Dishonest and Corrupt Media Awards'

President Trump has often denounced the press as 'fake media'. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Washington, DC, United States Jan 03, 2018, 05.06 AM (IST)

US President Donald Trump continued his longstanding battle against the American media with a fresh tweet in which he said he would announce the "most dishonest and corrupt media awards of the year on Monday."

"I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!," tweeted the US President who is often at loggerheads with the mainstream American press.

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Trump has often described US media outlets like the CNN, ABC News, The New York Times and the Washington Post as "fake" media.

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In November, also, the US President had tweeted about a competition among news networks for the "Fake News Trophy".

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In an email to his supporters on December 28, the Trump campaign sought nominations for the "King of Fake News" trophy.

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

"The FAKE NEWS 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," the email stated.

As per the Trump Campaign list, the competition for "King of Fame news" is between three news outlets.

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

"CNN 'MISTAKENLY' reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J Trump Jr had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks," is the second story on the list.

"TIME 'MISTAKENLY' reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr from the Oval Office," the email 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". 

(With inputs from PTI)

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President Trump said he would announce the awards on Monday ||He has often described US media outlets like the CNN, ABC News, The New York Times and the Washington Post as "fake" media