The president’s Fake News Awards are part of a growing and worrying trend of the administration undermining the media, which has inspired similar behavior across the globe, infer Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn of The LA Times. The consistent effort to diminish the public’s trust in the media hurts American democracy. Even worse, it has inspired leaders in more autocratic countries to do the same. From Syria to the Philippines, leaders have adopted the accusation of “fake news” to fight stories they don’t like. Trump used the Fake News Awards to further his own interests and ridicule his enemies in a highly destructive way.
The Fake News Awards are a natural reaction to the media’s declining quality and growingly partisan motivations, argues Larry O’ Connor of The Washington Times. Terrible reporting, such as ABC’s claim that President Trump told Michael Flynn to work with Russia during the election, has unfortunately been plentiful in 2017. The heads of such outlets should take the awards seriously, as they are finally being held accountable for their mistakes. Like any big companies, news companies need to improve themselves when they stagnate. False stories about Trump have become far too common, which is inexcusable.