President Donald Trump’s Fake News Awards were, perhaps unsurprisingly, a complete and total disaster.
After weeks of anticipation the event turned out to be, well, not an event at all. In fact it was just a quick listicle which, for many, displayed as a 404 page.
Earlier this month, Trump boasted that he would hold “THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR.” The made up award show was supposed to criticize various news outlets for their reporting of the president. But a day before the event was initially scheduled, Trump tweeted that it would happening on Jan. 17 instead.
The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2018
On Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had no answers at the daily briefing as to when or how the awards would be held, only stating that there would be an announcement later on.
People anxiously watched Twitter for any news, just as Trump would have wanted, considering he often runs his presidency like a reality TV show. But when the announcement came at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, it brought down the related page, which was hosted on the GOP’s website.
Most people were greeted with a 404 page, which seems very fitting.
However, using a web archive, we were able to grab some screenshots of the awards, which called out the New York Times, CNN and Time among others. Fox Newsalso reported the same list.
The real kicker on the list is number 11.
“And last, but not least: ‘RUSSIA COLLUSION!’ Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!” the post reads.
People were quick to poke fun at Trump’s failed attempt at a fake award show, some drawing comparisons to his presidency.
404 error is also essentially how republicans answer every question about anything that could make them look bad. “I don’t recall.”
— (((𝕺𝖍𝕹𝖔𝕾𝖍𝖊𝕿𝖜𝖎𝖙𝖓𝖙))) (@OhNoSheTwitnt) January 18, 2018
This 404 error has really cheapened the spirit of the Fake News Awards.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 18, 2018
What a shitshow.