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    Since taking office a year ago, Trump has been harshly criticizing media outlets for publishing what he describes as "fake news." Most recently, the US president announced the "most dishonest and corrupt" media outlets.

    Donald Trump has unveiled a list of media outlets that have won the so-called "fake news" awards for their erroneous coverage of his presidency.

    There are a total of 11 winners, with The New York Times’ Paul Krugman topping the list with a prediction he made on the day of Trump’s presidential victory that the US economy would never recover.

    Krugman was trailed by ABC News, whose false report on Trump and Russia sent markets in a downward spiral and TIME, which claimed that Trump removed a Martin Luther King, Jr. bust from the Oval Office.

    CNN won bronze with a story alleging that Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks. While not making it to the first place, CNN has become the "favorite" of the award, with 4 stories published by the media outlet being featured in the list. Other "winners" included The Washington Post, Time and Newsweek.

    Trump didn't mention any one media outlet that had spread false reports on his campaign's alleged links to Russia, opting instead to call the entire "hoax" fake, yet again emphasizing that there has been no collusion.

    The Republican group that released the list concluded that despite the media spending 90 percent of the time focusing on negative coverage or fake news, President Trump has been getting good results and provided a list of his administration's achievements.

    The announcement has sent Twitter into frenzy, with some questioning Trump's choices, as some of the media outlets that made the list had apologized afterwards for publishing false reports; others said that the move targets media freedom.

    Reporters of the mentioned media outlets were also quick to react.

    However, many have lauded the award, calling it a "smashing success."

    When the US president announced the release, GOP.com, the official Republican site that featured the highly-anticipated list, crashed for about an hour as too many users wanted to take a look at the winners. There have also been hundreds of thousands of tweets featuring the #FakeNewsAwards hashtag.

    Since Trump assumed office, many US media outlets, including CNN, have accused the US president's team of having ties to the Kremlin, with Trump refuting these allegations and labeling the media involved in these speculations "fake news."

    Previously, the US president slammed the "failing" The New York Times, as well as CNN, NBC ABC and CBS over allegedly being "the enemy of the American People" and several other US media outlets over "fake news" reports and called for a probe into US media spreading "fake news."

    Most recently, Trump's lawyer has sued BuzzFeed for publishing the infamous dossier, alleging that the Russian government had compromising information on Trump, which has been denied by the US president and called a forgery by Moscow.

    In the meantime, "fake news" has been named the Word of the Year 2017 by the Collins Dictionary.

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