The Committee to Protect Journalists named President Trump as the winner of its “Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom” award in its “Press Oppressors” awards Monday. The committee released a list of top global press oppressors on Monday in response to Trump’s upcoming “fake news” awards, giving Trump the top honor.
Top level oppressor? But wait, there is more!
Trump was also named the runner-up in the “Most Thin-skinned” category, losing the top spot to Turkish President Erdoğan.
Really? We are talking about the same President Erdoğan who in your own site you denounce for sending 73 journalists to jail while Trump has sent not a single one? You yourselves say that the Presidents that have the tightest control over their media are President Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russia by a combination of threats, jail and eliminating independent sources of news. But no, Trump is worse.
Maybe President Trump’s verbosity has led to the murder of Journalist in the US… and the answer is no. The country with the dubious honor of having the most journalist murdered (not killed while covering an event) in 2017 was Mexico with the United States sporting a big ass zero and that is according to Committee to Protect Journalists’ own database.
So you have to wonder with so many well-defined threats and real consequences for Journalists around the world, how come CPJ had to come up with its “Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom” award against Trump. Maybe the answer resides on where and who is part of the entity. They are in New York City and this is a list of some (not all) of the member of the board of directors and assorted positions:
Stephen J. Adler of Reuters
Susan Chira of The New York Times
Sheila Coronel, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
Jonathan Klein, Getty Images
Jane Kramer, The New Yorker
Isaac Lee Fusion, Univision News
Jacob Weisberg, The Slate Group
Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg News
Lara Logan, CBS
Andres Oppenheimer (Miami Herald columnist. Rumor has it he has burns a candle to the picture of Che Guevara inside his locker)
So suddenly it make sense why President Trump got such a nasty award: The same thin-skinned Fake-News-martini-Sipping Journos who get targeted by the President’s tweets are the ones who thought that was worse than jailing or murdering fellow journalists.
So basically we have Fake News awarding a Fake Award to the President.