The Fake News Awards

So, the The Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards are now available and they are, well, underwhelming.  Ends up they are a list of errors at a GOP blog.  While there are a few that are clearly significant mistakes (such as the Brian Ross mistake about Michael Flynn), a lot of them are simply inconsequential (like the fish feeding bit in Japan).

As a blog post, it is quite lame.  First, it comes across as a lame Buzzfeed list.  Second, it does not even demonstrate basic blogging skills that one might jave expected in the early days of Blogspot.  Note how above I provided links for readers who might want to understand the Ross or fish stories?  Well, no such technical wonders used by the Fake News Awards.  Further, like the old days, the site initially couldn’t handle the traffic.

I know this deserves a deeper discussion of the threat posed by a president who is directly attacking the free press, but for now I am honestly stunned at how pathetic this is. Considering that the President and his supporters have been carrying on about “fake news” for well over year, you would think they could compile a better list than this.  It is as if all the “fake news” talk is nonsense or something.


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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. James Pearce says:

    I am honestly stunned at how pathetic this is

    I’m not…..

  2. John Peabody says:

    Many people have laughed at Paul Krugman’s Election Night quote about the economy. Making a prediction that turns out to be wrong is not fake. It is an error of judgment. This is clear to anyone who thinks more than three seconds on a subject.

  3. Moosebreath says:

    I prefer Kevin Drum’s” fake news poll. I voted for The Quibbler.

  4. Stormy Dragon says:

    42 percent of Republicans think accurate stories that cast Republicans in a negative light are “always” fake news:


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  6. MarkedMan says:

    @Moosebreath: I was a big Spiderman fan at 11 or 12, so I voted for The Daily Bugle. Although even at that age I thought the idea that Editor in Chief J. Jonah Jameson was so reflexively and mindlessly set against everything another person did was not very realistic. How could someone rise to the top and be such a hate-mongering reactionary. Man, was I naive.

  7. Kathy says:

    @John Peabody: “It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” Ray Bradbury.

  8. DrDaveT says:


    “It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” Ray Bradbury.

    I thought that was Yogi Berra…