Trump suggests that every network except Fox News is "dishonest" and "corrupt," and journalists aren't having it.
President Donald Trump has a new idea for a reality competition involving journalism, and reactions have ranged from savage mockery to solemn statements about the First Amendment.
The media-bashing POTUS tweeted on Monday morning that all the major news networks, along with his favorite cable news nemesis CNN, should be judged on how "dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted" their coverage of him has been. Trump-friendly Fox News would be allowed to sit out this "contest" entirely, while the worst offender would be given a "Fake News Trophy."
(The President did not offer details on whether the contest would be determined by himself alone or if his allies at Fox News and Brietbart would participate in the judging process.)
We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2017
This is the latest in a never-ending feud between Trump and the media. Since his election in November 2016, Trump has branded any negative news coverage of himself as "fake news," called the media "the enemy of the American people," and even suggested that networks critical of his presidency should have their licenses revoked.
Many critics reacted to the tweet with mockery -- in particular, to Trump declaring himself "your favorite President" for the second time in a little over a week. "That's a tad presumptuous, no?" tweeted actor Elijah Wood.
Meanwhile, journalists (especially those from CNN) who are required by profession to take all of the president's tweets seriously warned against the continuing threat to freedom of speech. "Lest we forget: American presidents normally STAND UP for press freedom around the world," CNN's Brian Stelter remarked.
Here's how more media figures reacted to Trump's latest hit on their profession:
We should have a contest as to which of the US Presidents, plus his children, in-laws and staff, is the most dishonest, corrupt, and/or distorted in their dealings w/an international foe committed to attacking US democracy. https://t.co/19ucphY7my— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) November 27, 2017
Instead of attacking CNN, which is just one of many American news outlets, I wish POTUS would stand up for a free press globally where there are often few independent news outlets to hold power accountable.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 26, 2017
Your idea for a FAKE NEWS CONTEST is sheer genius, sir. Presidential, dignified & a sure-fire ratings-getter! Very smart to specify exactly who our "favorite President" is, considering the 44 I thought of at first. Wishing you continued "success"❤️ mh #MAGA https://t.co/JgQQadG3A6— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) November 27, 2017
Lest we forget: American presidents normally STAND UP for press freedom around the world. A model for the world. https://t.co/Wt1xLtxaz4— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 27, 2017
Idea for a movie: a six-year-old becomes president. https://t.co/dHVbLSrCig— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) November 27, 2017
I think we all know who will win the prestigious FAKE NEWS TROPHY! Thank you for this wonderful recognition, Mr. President!— Ed Helms (@edhelms) November 27, 2017
The Fake News with Ted Nelms - on @ComedyCentral 10pm, Dec 13thhttps://t.co/OlL4CX4uo6 https://t.co/Wtgfs5bgbD
Sean Hannity can be the judge! https://t.co/XN5cND0McO— Doug Stanglin (@dstanglin) November 27, 2017
Your favorite President (me), man (person) of the year (2017), in our current location (hell) https://t.co/QTeUbvefxX— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) November 27, 2017
Thomas Jefferson wrote that “the only security of all is in a free press.”— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) November 27, 2017
A free press, which the First Amendment to the Constitution protects, is meant to serve as a bulwark against oppression.
These attacks on journalists should be chilling to all of us. https://t.co/31muNgZaio
wait, how do you know if you’re my favorite president? that’s a tad presumptuous, no?— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) November 27, 2017
Donald-This is one of the most insanely idiotic things I’ve ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent tweet were you even close to a rational thought. Everyone is now dumber for having read this. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul. #TrumpResign https://t.co/u3iRIaNP4t— Scott Dworkin (@funder) November 27, 2017
Wut? One of the most dishonest "news" platforms ever is Fox News. Their viewers are constantly shown as less informed but the gatdamb POTUS keeps explaining how great they are.— Elon James White (@elonjames) November 27, 2017
How is this acceptable? https://t.co/UoQItwAsTu
Wouldn't you be much happier if you resigned to host this moronic show idea?— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) November 27, 2017