McCain rips Trump for attacks on press

President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House this week

Trump described his "Fake News Awards" in a January 7 tweet, saying he would single out "losers" and "the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media".

McCain notes that the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a nonprofit group that promotes press freedom and protects journalists' rights worldwide, found that 2017 was among the most unsafe years on record to be a journalist.

"For decades, dissidents and human rights advocates have relied on independent investigations into government corruption to further their fight for freedom", McCain wrote. The president initially tweeted that they would be on Monday, January 8, but later postponed them to Wednesday, January 17.

"Covered in real fake gold and made in "Gina" the mock Trump announced while holding the award.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders downgraded the scheduled show to a "potential event" on Tuesday.

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In the NSFW clip, Fallon's Trump announced the recipient of his custom statuettes, which resembled looked Oscar trophies except they were topped off with Trump's head. The award may have been a joke, but CPJ's argument was not, charging that Trump "consistently undermined domestic news outlets and declined to publicly raise freedom of the press with repressive leaders". CBS's Stephen Colbert even took out a giant billboard in Times Square to promote himself for a fake news award.

He said the Arizona senatorial delegation's criticisms of Trump should be heeded, noting that both Republicans John McCain and Jeff Flake have criticized Trump for his critique of the press. In an interview on MSNBC, Flake said Trump's hostility to the media as an "enemy of the people" was a phrase "infamously spoken by Joseph Stalin to describe his enemies". Reagan recognized that as leader of the free world, his words carried enormous weight, and he used them to inspire the unprecedented spread of democracy around the world.

"So that's the press doing its job and it's highly inconvenient for him".

"The Fake News Media Awards are setting up now".

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