Trump Trumpets Fake News 'Awards'

POTUS says he will hand out 'Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards of the Year' next week

Donald Trump continues to use Twitter to reshape the meaning of "presidential."

The most recent case comes as Trump touted "awards" for the worst "fake news," the label he has placed on news outlets that write negative stories about him or his administration, including The New York Times, CNN and the Washington Post.

Trump tweeted the following late Tuesday:

I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018

Trump and the Republican National Committee have regularly disparaged news outlets in fund-raising emails sent to supporters, one of which reportedly signaled the mock awards were on the way.

Usually the attacks are tied to requests for donations or to complete surveys on what the president should do next, how he has been doing so far, and how he has been treated -- or more to his point, mistreated -- by the aforementioned media.

Trump has routinely been attempting to undercut the institutions he has associated with the swamp he argues he was sent to drain, which includes the intelligence community, the courts, Congress and the press.

Various organizations supporting journalism and journalists have called Trump's attacks on the media one of the biggest-ever threats to freedom of the press both here and abroad, the latter by providing cover to despots and dictators for their own media manipulation and marginalization.