Trump's Fake News Awards blasted as 'terrifying'

Donald Trump unveiled the winners late Wednesday, escalating his attacks on some of the major US media outlets.

    Donald Trump has unveiled the winners of his “Fake News Awards”, escalating his attacks on some of the major US media outlets.

    Members of the media, politicians and activists slammed the awards as “terrifying”, “chilling” and “disgusting”.

    The US president, who has spewed misinformation and conspiracy theories, first proposed the award in a November 2017 tweet.

    The results on Wednesday evening came hours after Republican Senator Jeff Flake accused Trump of undermining the free press with Stalinist language.

    The president announced the 11 winners on Twitter, linking to a list published on the Republican Party’s website.

    The website soon crashed after the post.

    Many in the media mocked the awards.

    The New York Daily News expressed disappointment that it did not receive a mention.

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