Trump announces Winners of his 2017 "Fake News Awards"

President Donald Trump is vowing to distribute'fake news awards despite warnings from former ethics officials for staff not to participate

Sen. John McCain is telling President Donald Trump to stop attacking the media, saying the administration's attitude makes it easier for oppressive regimes to mistreat reporters and for corrupt governments to be left unaccountable.

Coming in first place was The New York Times' Paul Krugman for his prediction that the stock markets would never recover from Trump's election.

One award went to ABC's Brian Ross, who erroneously reported a crucial detail after the guilty plea of Michael Flynn.

"New York Times guilty of large screw-up of climate-change story", the entry says, using another Washington Post headline.

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

"Personally, I'm excited for the Most Dishonest and Corrupt Media Awards of the Year - or as we call them in the biz, the Fakeys", Mr Colbert joked on Tuesday, "because nothing gives you more credibility than Donald Trump calling you a liar". And an edited video showing trump with the prime minister of Japan pouring a box of fish food out. Among them was a mistaken report about the Russian Federation investigation that helped cause the stock market to fall and resulted in a suspension for ABC News reporter Brian Ross.

A report from a Time reporter about a missing Martin Luther King Jr. bust in the Oval Office on inauguration day was quickly corrected.

"7. CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci's meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a "significant breakdown in process".

He added: "The phrase 'fake news' - granted legitimacy by an American president - is being used by autocrats to silence reporters, undermine political opponents, stave off media scrutiny and mislead citizens".

CNN got three more mentions and Newsweek got a mention as it falsely reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake the President's hand.

And a year ago, Trump told then-FBI Director Jim Comey that journalists should be thrown in jail for publishing government leaks.

An 11th item was coverage of "RUSSIA COLLUSION!" that Trump called a "hoax". Weigel's offending tweet related to the size of the crowd at one of Trump's rallies. The source of this number may have come from the Media Research Center in September, which is an organization which has a "commitment to neutralizing left-wing bias in the news media".

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