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Trump 'fake news' awards' comic treatment

Trump 'fake news' awards' comic treatment

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Cable presenter Samantha Bee is campaigning for "Shrillest Reporting," late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert put up a billboard in New York's Times Square in a bid to win votes, and rival Jimmy Kimmel calls them "The Stupid People's Choice Awards."

US President Donald Trump's announcement that he would hand out awards for what he calls "fake news" has fired up comics and media commentators - and has them competing for a "prize."

Trump, who has frequently criticised the press, calling them "the enemy of the people," often uses the term "fake news" to cast doubt on reports critical of him or his administration, many times without presenting evidence to support his case.
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Trump on January 2 tweeted that he planned to announce "THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR" six days later.

He then postponed the event until January 17, saying on Twitter, "The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!"

Late-night TV hosts, who have mocked Trump since his 2016 election win, swiftly dubbed the awards "The Fakeys" or "The Trumpies."
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Colbert, host of The Late Show, is campaigning for "Fakest Dishonesty," "Dishonestest Corruption" and "Smallest Button" among several other made-up categories.

In the spirit of Hollywood's movie awards season now underway, The Daily Show on Comedy Central took out a spoof full-page "for your consideration" ad in the New York Times, touting the program's qualifications.

In a tongue-in-cheek war of insults, The Daily Show has also run videos asking whether Colbert and comic Samantha Bee of Full Frontal "can really be mistrusted," and proclaiming the satirical show's South African-born host, Trevor Noah, "literally un-American."
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Public radio's predominantly serious "On the Media" show last week ran spoof red-carpet coverage of "The Fakeys," with various newspaper and TV journalists jostling for fake-news honours.
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