Donald Trump
President Donald Trump waves to journalists as he leaves the White House in Washington, Dec. 22, 2017. Getty Images

Since President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he would be giving "awards" next week to what he deems the "most dishonest" reporting of last year, at least one contender has come forward to say he is up for it.

"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert has not only thrown his hat in the ring, he has geared up his own campaign to make sure he wins some of the awards that Trump might have lined up for "the Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media."

"Or, as we call ’em in the biz, the Fakies, because nothing gives you more credibility than Donald Trump calling you a liar, and I, of course, don’t want to get snubbed," he added.

And to make sure he wins, Colbert said he placed a billboard in "the failing New York Times Square" to put his name forward for all categories, including "Outstanding Achievement in Parroting George Soros' Talking Points", "The Eric Trump Memorial Award for Disappointment," and "Smallest Button" — a dig at Trump's claims about having a larger nuclear button than North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Colbert gave a hint of who else may be in contention when he added in his tweet: "See you on the red carpet, Anderson Cooper!"


Not just CNN anchor Cooper, the president has labeled the whole network "fake news" targeting it over any negative news about him or his family.

He went after the network in December in a series of tweets after it corrected a story about him and his son, Donald Trump Jr. The president accused the network of a "vicious and purposeful mistake" in its reporting.

He said then: "CNN’s slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS. Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public. There are many outlets that are far more trusted than Fake News CNN. Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!"

A hint at who might win the "THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!"

New York Times

Trump has a love-hate relationship with the New York Times. Though he has insulted the Times on Twitter more than 150 times, according to the newspaper's own count, it has been the only outlet he has granted interviews to since coming into office apart from his favorite Fox News.

Among the many digs, he has called the paper "weak," "fake news," "sick," "so wrong," "nasty," and "not nice." But the one word that he has used the most for the outlet is "failing."

Category: Failing News media

Washington Post

In December last year, Trump called for the firing of a Washington Post reporter after he put up a misleading tweet about the crowd size at a Trump rally in Pensacola, Florida.

Reporter Dave Weigel shared a since-deleted tweet that called into question Trump’s claim that the arena was "packed to the rafters." Weigel apologized after his mistake was pointed out. The Post neither apologized nor fired the reporter. Trump claimed "major lies written, then forced to be withdrawn after they are exposed…a stain on America!"

Category: Stain on America

ABC News

ABC News might not be a contender this year. The broadcaster suspended special investigative correspondent Brian Ross for four weeks in December last year after "incorrectly reporting that Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, would testify that President Trump had directed him to make contact with Russian officials while Mr. Trump was still a candidate."

Trump congratulated the network for the decision.